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Introduction

Faulkner in the Information Age

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 November 2023

John Michael Corrigan
Affiliation:
National Chengchi University, Taiwan
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The Introduction argues that Faulkner discovered an epistemology for networked systems in the creation of his own imagined landscape. I present two major stages in which Faulkner’s discovery took place: (1) an earlier vision portraying how networks scale, circulate information, centralize, and produce potentially tyrannical paradigms of top-down vertical power; and (2) another view of dynamical networks that are constantly adapting to produce novel forms of movement and behavior. The Faulkner that this study evokes is at once the modernist developing a spatial narrative practice describing the emergence of complex social networks and the Romantic for whom the immanent life was paramount and even sacrosanct. That these two trajectories of inquiry and spiritual belief are not easily reconcilable gives philosophical and moral weight to the landscape and characters that Faulkner invented. They also provide a striking meditation on what it means for human beings to find themselves in systems so vast and ubiquitous that they can no longer remember what it was like to live outside them and, thus, to think outside of their ideological dicta.

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Print publication year: 2023

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  • Introduction
  • John Michael Corrigan, National Chengchi University, Taiwan
  • Book: Faulkner's Cartographies of Consciousness
  • Online publication: 02 November 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009377867.001
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  • Introduction
  • John Michael Corrigan, National Chengchi University, Taiwan
  • Book: Faulkner's Cartographies of Consciousness
  • Online publication: 02 November 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009377867.001
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  • Introduction
  • John Michael Corrigan, National Chengchi University, Taiwan
  • Book: Faulkner's Cartographies of Consciousness
  • Online publication: 02 November 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009377867.001
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