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Counter Fictions of Labor considers William Faulkner's representation of the structural paradoxes of labour dependency in the Southern economy from the antebellum period through to the New Deal. This book seeks to link stylistic aspects of Faulkner's writing to a generative social trauma which constitutes its formal core. That trauma, Godden argues, is a labour trauma, centered on the debilitating discovery by the Southern owning class of its own production by those it subordinates. Using close textual analysis and careful historical contextualisation, Richard Godden produces a persuasive account of the ways in which Faulkner's work rests on deeply submerged anxieties about the legacy of violently coercive labour relations in the American South.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Faulkner, William, 1897-1962 Political and social views, Literature and society Southern States History 20th century, Industrial relations Southern States Historiography, Working class Southern States Historiography, Labor supply Southern States Historiography, Southern States In literature, African Americans in literature, Race relations in literature