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Spring 2014 Books & Film Class Topic – Faulkner & Flannery: Exploring the Southern Gothic Held Wednesdays through February 26 at UL Lafayette Instructor: Dr. Mary Ann Wilson Notes will be updated each Friday through February 28; comment to join in the discussion. We moved on to the Faulkner portion in this week's class, with discussion on three of his short stories and a viewing of two films based on them. The stories included his most famous, "A Rose for Emily," "Barn Burning" and "That Evening Sun." Part of the reason I'm taking this class is to expand my reading and understanding of Faulkner. His short stories — and especially these three — are the perfect place to start. "A Rose For Emily" is probably the best for showing how O'Connor was influenced by Faulkner. Southern Gothic and macabre to the max, it reads like a classic horror movie. In fact, there is a short film version of the story from 1983, starring Angelica Huston. The earliest of Faulkner's stories and the first to be published in a national magazine, "A Rose for Emily" has all of his typical themes: the relationship between parents and children, class divisions and a timeframe based on perception rather than

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Spring 2014 Books & Film Class Topic - Faulkner & Flannery: Exploring the Southern Gothic Held Wednesdays through February 19 at UL Lafayette Instructor: Dr. Mary Ann Wilson Notes will be updated each Friday through February 21; comment to join in the discussion. I arrived to a full classroom on Wednesday, and English professor Mary Ann Wilson began with an introduction to the Southern Gothic and the parallels between Flannery O'Connor and William Faulkner. Both Southern Gothic writers working in the 1950s and early 1960s, they certainly used similar techniques in storytelling and were inspired by their surroundings, while at the same time turning out very different work. It's easy to say that Faulkner is the more famous of the two, but O'Connor's Library of America volume of collected works outsold Faulkner's. Southern Gothic - a style of writing practiced by many writers of the American South whose stories set in that region are characterized by grotesque, macabre, or fantastic incidents.  Although living two states away in central Georgia, while Faulkner was in Oxford, Mississippi, O'Connor was aware of him, as he was a giant in American literature when she was just getting started. Her best known quote about him is "I keep clear of Faulkner so my

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