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The Resource Forensic fictions : the lawyer figure in Faulkner, Jay Watson

Forensic fictions : the lawyer figure in Faulkner, Jay Watson

Label
Forensic fictions : the lawyer figure in Faulkner
Title
Forensic fictions
Title remainder
the lawyer figure in Faulkner
Statement of responsibility
Jay Watson
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Forensic Fictions is the first book-length critical study of William Faulkner's fictional depictions of the legal vocation and the practice of law. Examining Faulkner's lawyer characters in light of the southern storytelling tradition, Jay Watson argues that the forensic competence of the Faulknerian lawyer is a direct function of his skill as a raconteur. To trace the biographical and historical roots of Faulkner's lifelong preoccupation with the legal profession, Watson draws on contemporary scholarship in narrative, rhetoric, jurisprudence, legal and intellectual history, literary theory, and Lacanian psychoanalysis. His approach yields insightful readings of forensic characters and scenes from such works as "An Odor of Verbena," The Hamlet, "Wild Palms," Absalom, Absalom!, and The Reivers. Watson shows the links between storytelling and the competence of Faulkner's legal characters by examining the intertextual logic that connects the two most important lawyers in the Yoknapatawpha fiction: the incompetent Horace Benbow and the more capable Gavin Stevens, whose entrance into Faulkner's oeuvre coincides with Benbow's untimely departure from it. Focusing on the nine novels in which these two characters appear, Watson traces the evolutionary process by which Stevens supplants Benbow. Three of the Stevens novels - Intruder in the Dust, Knight's Gambit, and Requiem for a Nun - form what Watson calls Faulkner's "forensic trilogy" and, when read together, constitute the writer's most sustained investigation of the rhetorical and ethical responsibilities of the lawyer-citizen. Faulkner, Watson argues, saw the forensic figure as a potential hybrid of homo loquens and homo politicus, capable of combining the roles of storyteller, rhetorician, and theatrical performer with those of critic, citizen, and ethical man. As such, this figure served as a provocative authorial surrogate through whom Faulkner could explore diverse and often contradictory aspects of his personal experience, his family background, his cultural heritage, and, most of all, his own artistic use of language
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Watson, Jay
Dewey number
813/.52
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3511.A86
LC item number
Z98536 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Faulkner, William
  • Lawyers in literature
  • Rechtsanwalt (Motiv)
Label
Forensic fictions : the lawyer figure in Faulkner, Jay Watson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [259]-270) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Faulknerian forensic figure -- The failure of the forensic storyteller: Horace Benbow -- The emergence of the lawyer-citizen: Gavin Stevens -- "We're after just a murderer, not a lawyer": Gavin Stevens in Intruder in the Dust -- Colloquial detection; or, "discovering it by accident" in Knight's Gambit -- Maieutic forensics; or, Requiem for a Nun and the talking cure -- Reappraising the forensic figure: Gavin Stevens and his discontents in The Town and The Mansion
Control code
26352274
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 277 pages
Isbn
9780820315164
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
92028216
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)26352274
Label
Forensic fictions : the lawyer figure in Faulkner, Jay Watson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [259]-270) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Faulknerian forensic figure -- The failure of the forensic storyteller: Horace Benbow -- The emergence of the lawyer-citizen: Gavin Stevens -- "We're after just a murderer, not a lawyer": Gavin Stevens in Intruder in the Dust -- Colloquial detection; or, "discovering it by accident" in Knight's Gambit -- Maieutic forensics; or, Requiem for a Nun and the talking cure -- Reappraising the forensic figure: Gavin Stevens and his discontents in The Town and The Mansion
Control code
26352274
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 277 pages
Isbn
9780820315164
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
92028216
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)26352274

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