Course Description

ONLINE: This online course will be devoted to a close reading and discussion of William Faulkner's "Light in August," which is generally considered to be one of his greatest works. Students do not need to be familiar with Faulkner. The novel stands on its own and, happily, is more accessible than some of his others. Besides giving a brief introduction to Faulkner the man, the instructor will spend very little time on lecturing. Instead, the expectation is that active class discussion will predominate because, in the instructor's experience, that is the best way to appreciate and understand the material. Students will learn that "Light in August" is a story about how the past haunts the present. They will also find that racial identity, racism, and religion play major roles in shaping—and misshaping—the principal characters whose lives intersect in climactic fashion. Embedded in the novel is a tale of love and loyalty. | Facilitated discussion.
Enroll Now - Select a section to enroll in
Section Title
Faulkner's Light in August: The Preeminent Southern Gothic Novel
Online - Zoom
1:30PM to 2:45PM
Mar 09, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Virtual Classroom  
Course Fees
Section Notes

Please note: To participate effectively in class discussions, students should obtain the specified edition.

Required reading: William Faulkner, Light in August (9780679732266)