The Sound & The Fury by W. Faulkner with Toby Brothers

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Date(s) - 01/02/2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ


Five evenings exploring Faulkner’s modernist vision with Toby Brothers, Director of the London and Paris Literary Salon

February, Monday, 1st, 8th (15th break) 22nd, 29th and March, Monday 7th 

The Sound & The Fury by W FaulknerIn William Faulkner’s first truly modernist work, he attempts to break through the confines of time and sequence to get at the essence of human nature as Malcolm Bradbury explains, “Faulkner’s preoccupation with time has to do with the endless interlocking of personal and public histories and with the relation of the past to the lost, chaotic present.” The Sound and the Fury exposes a crumbling world through inference and allusion rather than through direct social critique. In the modernist method, Faulkner employs stream of consciousness and symbolism as connecting fibres against interior realities that must competing for authority.

This study will draw upon participants’ questions and ideas to shed light on this complex text. The book is richer when discussed, enabling the first time reader access to Faulkner’s vision while those re-reading will find greater depth and resonance. Upon a first reading, the narratives appear jumbled and opaque but as the pieces start to fit together, the complex and careful become apparent planning that Faulkner uses and to what end? This is what we must grapple with our study.

“…I seemed to be lying neither asleep nor awake looking down a long corridor of gray half light where all stable things had become shadowy paradoxical all I had done shadows all I had felt suffered taking visible form antic and perverse mocking without relevance inherent themselves with the denial of the significance they should have affirmed thinking I was I was not who was not was not who.” ― William Faulkner

We will be reading from the Norton Critical edition of The Sound and the Fury; if you have a different edition, the specific textual references may not cohere.

Toby Brothers conceived of, developed and leads the Literacy Salon in London and Paris. Her experience includes teaching literacy seminars ranging from creative writing to women’s literature and film, world religions and wisdom traditions, African American Literature to Shakespeare for adults and students. She has over 30 years of innovative teaching and seminar experience in France, the USA, Japan and the UK.

The course is limited to 12 participants

Fee: £95 for the 5 study evenings.

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