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Shakespeare and Masculinity in Southern Fiction

Faulkner, Simms, Page, and Dixon

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Joseph B. Keener
    Pages 1-42
  3. Joseph B. Keener
    Pages 73-107
  4. Joseph B. Keener
    Pages 109-126
  5. Joseph B. Keener
    Pages 127-152
  6. Joseph B. Keener
    Pages 153-154
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 155-203

About this book


The book advances the idea that American, Southern, white, planter class authors have appropriated models and modes of masculinity from William Shakespeare. Keener traces the history of this appropriation and its attendant masculinities from authors as early as William Gilmore Simms, through Thomas Nelson Page and Thomas Dixon, to William Faulkner.


America fiction Narration William Shakespeare

About the authors

Joseph B. Keener is Assistant Professor of English at Dalton State College.

Bibliographic information


"A unique, lively text.... Keener traces the textual and historical evolutions of the idea of Shakespeare as the literary-cultural father through three successive Southern figures, with their distinct appropriations and re-inscriptions, not only of Shakespeare, but also of a distinct body of Southern Shakespearean appropriations and re-inscriptions." - Philip Beidler, Professor of English, University of Alabama and series editor for Signs of Race