Title

So What Does God Have to Do with Anything?William Faulkner and Toni Morrison: Christianity in Their Fictions and Their Lives

Authors

Ann Hong

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2004

Abstract

William Faulkner produced works post-World War I when the ideologies of individualism, fragmentation and the self flourished while Toni Morrison is still writing novels, coming out of the Civil Rights Movement and the Women?s Movement that churned out concepts of communities and the collective bringing about social progress. The historical context from which these two authors emerged is vastly different yet the major thematic contents of their novels are too similar to disregard any connections between the two and the literature they wrote. I also personally believe that any work of literature cannot be devoid of some autobiographical insights and ideologies so the potential connection between an author?s real life and their works cultivated my interest. Therefore, my summer research consisted of a comparative study between Faulkner?s Light in August and Morrison?s Paradise and the way they portrayed the pervasive theme of Christianity in their respective novels in addition to research into their biographies and backgrounds to draw any conclusions on if their actual life?s value system and system of beliefs aligned with what they wrote in their fictions.

Advisor

Eric Newhall

Department

ecls

Support

Ford Foundation Research Fellowship

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