Faulkner and the masses: a Hollywood fable

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Stefan Solomon shows Faulkner’s late novel as heavily influenced by cinematic representations of that particularly urban phenomenon: the crowd. Offering a variation on adaptation studies, Solomon sees A Fable’s depiction of a purposeful, politically motivated group (distinct from the more unruly nineteenth-century mob) as having origins in an unfilmed treatment Faulkner wrote in Hollywood in 1943 entitled “Who?” He shows the specular nature of movie audiences (or crowds) watching early film treatments of the same presence in various films as constitutive of a collective identity that went on to inform the twentieth century’s mass politics. Ultimately, Solomon avers, such progressive elements of both cinema and Faulkner’s novel are constrained by their opposite: an entrenched conservatism in both the film industry and the author.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFaulkner and film
EditorsPeter Lurie, Ann J. Abadie
PublisherUniversity Press of Mississippi
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781626740587
ISBN (Print)9781628461015
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventFaulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference (37th : 2010) - University of Mississippi, Oxford, United States
Duration: 18 Jul 201022 Jul 2010

Publication series

NameFaulkner and Yoknapatawpha
PublisherUniversity Press of Mississippi


ConferenceFaulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference (37th : 2010)
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • 1900-1999
  • crowd
  • the masses
  • film
  • dramatic arts
  • American literature
  • Faulkner, William
  • A Fable
  • 'Who?'
  • novel


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