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1. Morecraft, Joseph C, IV. Cunningly Sweated: Creation, Memory, and Time in Faulkner's Mosquitoes.

Degree: PhD, English, 2017, Georgia State University

This study focuses on the early fiction of William Faulkner, particularly Mosquitoes. Understood in critical context, this novel suffers from retrospective bias. That is, I believe that the brilliant work that immediately (and continually) succeeded this novel provided a critical comparison that made it impossible to ascribe the appropriate value that this second novel truly deserves. Mosquitoes was not only a necessary portal and stepping stone to his later/greater fiction, but it also stands on its own as a brilliant experiment allowing Faulkner to free himself from bonds of fragmented mimesis by submerging himself in his own social, literary, theological, and psychological influences, both past and present. Faulkner created a balance between the tension he felt of a traditional Christianity that was deeply ingrained into his southern psyche and a modern influence that consisted of Nietzsche, Freud, Bergson, and others. Although Mosquitoes is now often considered Faulkner’s weakest work, I argue that it is a coherent statement about the South, the past, and important human values, human values that find their origins in the rich religious soil of southern Christianity. Mosquitoes is more than a necessary step toward Faulkner’s later success; it is a literary philosophical leap into genius. Advisors/Committee Members: Dr. Pearl McHaney, Dr. LeeAnne Richardson, Dr. Thomas McHaney.

Subjects/Keywords: Bergson; Bible; Faulkner; Freud; memory; Mosquitoes; Nietzsche; time; The Sound and the Fury; As I Lay Dying

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APA (6th Edition):

Morecraft, Joseph C, I. (2017). Cunningly Sweated: Creation, Memory, and Time in Faulkner's Mosquitoes. (Doctoral Dissertation). Georgia State University. Retrieved from https://scholarworks.gsu.edu/english_diss/186

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Morecraft, Joseph C, IV. “Cunningly Sweated: Creation, Memory, and Time in Faulkner's Mosquitoes.” 2017. Doctoral Dissertation, Georgia State University. Accessed June 20, 2018. https://scholarworks.gsu.edu/english_diss/186.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Morecraft, Joseph C, IV. “Cunningly Sweated: Creation, Memory, and Time in Faulkner's Mosquitoes.” 2017. Web. 20 Jun 2018.

Vancouver:

Morecraft, Joseph C I. Cunningly Sweated: Creation, Memory, and Time in Faulkner's Mosquitoes. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. Georgia State University; 2017. [cited 2018 Jun 20]. Available from: https://scholarworks.gsu.edu/english_diss/186.

Council of Science Editors:

Morecraft, Joseph C I. Cunningly Sweated: Creation, Memory, and Time in Faulkner's Mosquitoes. [Doctoral Dissertation]. Georgia State University; 2017. Available from: https://scholarworks.gsu.edu/english_diss/186

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