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Listen to Them Being Ghosts: The Ethics of Spectrality in Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!

King, Ethan
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
King, Ethan
Advisor
Brickhouse, Anna
Abstract
My effort in this thesis is to trace out how Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! formulates ethical injunctions around the figures of ghosts, who across time and space call for us to “listen to them being ghosts” and to take responsibility for their historical elisions (Faulkner 8). To do so, I explore the relationship between the ontological conditions of spectrality, understood as both the visualization of an invisibility and the untimely return of the past, and other regimes of vision and historical narrativization that reveal the entanglement of the past and present and that conjure ethical notions of how we formulate our responsibility toward a past marred by historical erasures. Specifically, I examine how Faulkner’s fictional photographs, with their narrative and temporal suspensions as well as with their paradoxical problems of approximating visibility, negotiate the liminal paralysis of ghosts caught in between life and death.
Language
English
Date Received
20150501
Published
University of Virginia, Department of English, MA (Master of Arts), 2015
Published Date
2015-04-30
Degree
MA (Master of Arts)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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