Title

William and William: The Parallels Between Faulknerian and Shakespearean Tragedy

Poster Number

17B

Lead Author Major

English

Lead Author Status

Sophomore

Format

Poster Presentation

Faculty Mentor Name

Cynthia Dobbs

Faculty Mentor Email

cdobbs@pacific.edu

Faculty Mentor Department

English

Abstract/Artist Statement

Title: “William and William: The Parallels Between Faulknerian and Shakespearean Tragedy”

Abstract: “William and William” analyzes the tragic tone in Light in August and the similarities between Faulkner and Shakespeare’s writing. I argue that Shakespearean and Faulknerian tragedy is dependent on binaries (light and dark, white and black, male and female) and that these binaries contribute to the tension which is crucial to their tragic style. The opposition isn’t just reflected in the gendered and racial narratives, but in the structure of Faulkner and Shakespeare’s writing. The binaries represent a way for opposing ideas to exist as its own entity. Shakespeare and Faulkner create a style of tragedy that mirrors the tensions and uncertainties during the English Renaissance and post Civil War South. My argument focuses on Faulkner’s Light in August and how it compares to Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure and Othello.

Keywords: William Faulkner, William Shakespeare, Race, Gender, Tragedy

Location

DeRosa University Center, Ballroom

Start Date

28-4-2018 1:00 PM

End Date

28-4-2018 3:00 PM

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William and William: The Parallels Between Faulknerian and Shakespearean Tragedy

DeRosa University Center, Ballroom

Title: “William and William: The Parallels Between Faulknerian and Shakespearean Tragedy”

Abstract: “William and William” analyzes the tragic tone in Light in August and the similarities between Faulkner and Shakespeare’s writing. I argue that Shakespearean and Faulknerian tragedy is dependent on binaries (light and dark, white and black, male and female) and that these binaries contribute to the tension which is crucial to their tragic style. The opposition isn’t just reflected in the gendered and racial narratives, but in the structure of Faulkner and Shakespeare’s writing. The binaries represent a way for opposing ideas to exist as its own entity. Shakespeare and Faulkner create a style of tragedy that mirrors the tensions and uncertainties during the English Renaissance and post Civil War South. My argument focuses on Faulkner’s Light in August and how it compares to Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure and Othello.

Keywords: William Faulkner, William Shakespeare, Race, Gender, Tragedy