The time signature: nomad thought in Faulknerian time

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1999-05

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Texas Tech University

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It is the intention of this introduction to map out the ideas central to my argument—that the Civil War is a time signature for Faulkner's Yoknapawtapha narratives. It is therefore necessary to explain my theory of time signatures in detail, and how it was arrived at. It draws from different theorists of time, but it is Faulkner's own prose and ruminations on time which best express it. This introduction will also briefly look at Nietzsche's eternal return and Deleuze and Guattari's concepts of the refrain and Nomadology. This introduction, lastly, will outline the rhetorical strategy of the subsequent chapters.

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Time in literature, Faulkner, William, 1897-1962 -- Criticism and interpretation, Faulkner, William, 1897-1962 -- Aesthetics, Faulkner, William, 1897-1962 -- Characters -- McCaslin family, Faulkner, William, 1897-1962 -- Characters -- Sartoris family

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