Telling Queer Tales: Narration and Genealogical Time in William Faulkner and Angela Carter



This chapter considers the relationship between genealogical time and literature. As critics have noted, the passing of time is often measured by charting the paternal lines through generations of reproduction. Because genealogy is a rich site to examine temporality, novels with an emphasis on family history provide an opportunity to consider the intersection between sexuality and narrative time. This chapter focuses on William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! and Angela Carter’s Wise Children and demonstrates how each novel considers how time might function if other kinship relations were prioritized over that of father/son. Absalom Absalom! considers sibling relations, while Wise Children considers avuncular relations. The chapter ultimately argues that each text employs a queer form of narration in order to enter a temporality not defined by genealogy.


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  1. 1.University of Mary WashingtonFredericksburgUSA

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