Faulkner's Reception of Apuleius' The Golden Ass in The Reivers

Faulkner's Reception of Apuleius' The Golden Ass in The Reivers - Bloomsbury Studies in Classical Reception

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Faulkner's final novel, The Reivers, has been gently dismissed by scholars and critics as no more than its subtitle claims, A Reminiscence. Although the new millennium has seen a new appreciation for Faulkner's later novels, The Reivers is still perceived as a slightly fictionalized comic memoir romanticizing the early life of the author in the pre-civil rights American South. This volume takes this dismissal of The Reivers to task for failing to appreciate its employment of the Apuleian narrative of life-altering metamorphosis to offer, as his literary farewell, hope for humanity's self-redemption. Vernon L. Provencal studies the reception of The Golden Ass in The Reivers as comic novels of moral katabasis (wilful descent into the lawless underworld) and providential anabasis (societal and spiritual redemption). As the independent basis of the reception study, The Reivers receives its first ever detailed reading, while The Golden Ass is read anew from the teleological perspective offered by the (undervalued) prophecy that in the end the comic hero would become the book itself.

Book information

ISBN: 9781350194878
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (UK)
Imprint: Bloomsbury Academic
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Language: English
Number of pages: 232
Weight: -1g
Height: 234mm
Width: 156mm