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Hannon introduces several disciplines and discourses critical to the decade and by and large new to Faulkner study: a revisionist historiography regarding black/white relations in the South, primarily initiated by W. E. B. Du Bois; a significant shift in legal theory; several labor movements emerging from the challenge of the Great Depression; and the culmination of a new development in ethnographic research. The quotation marks around "own" are crucial, alluding to the tension between the power of cultural impact and the writer's autonomy, a tension Hannon explores by means of the theories of Bakhtin and Foucault.\n What has been called the "race card" at the end of Absalom, Absalom! has been seen as the protective screen for a homosexuality neither Quentin nor Shreve (nor perhaps Henry and Bon) dare to confront.2 It is also the screen for the threat of a Hegelian master/slave reversal, in which the property of the master signifies his mastery and yet confirms the independence of the slave whose labor has produced that property.3 In short, there has been something of a critical agreement, which the three books under review share, that race in Absalom and perhaps Faulkner generally needs to be probed for its own concealments.
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