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    STUDIA PHILOLOGIA - Issue no. 1 / 2017  

Authors:  ANCA PEIU.

Published Online: 2017-03-24
Published Print: 2017-03-31


“When Will I Be Blown Up?” – William Faulkner’s Writing Warfare. The American Civil War (1861-1865) is not William Faulkner’s only warfare. The American modern writer remained faithful to his romantic creed that the poet’s mission is to render the innermost human (self)contradictions. Faulkner’s own writing style evinces this endless state of warfare at the back of his mind. It is like him to make us readers doubt our own peace delusions; yet it is like him also to doubt the solemn rhetoric of any “serious” historical warfare. The purpose of my essay is to prove that William Faulkner’s fiction evoking historical warfare can still help us readers out of our mortal fear. By means of his writing art, championing a sound sense of humor as the only hope for spiritual survival, Faulkner’s message is universal and still valid.

Keywords: mock-heroic, anti-hero, parody, irony, visionary poetic imagination, history as fact and/or fiction, warfare trauma and/or memory.


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