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The Gun and the PenHemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner and the Fiction of Mobilization$
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Keith Gandal

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195338911

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195338911.001.0001

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The Sound and the Fury Redux and the End of the World War I Mobilization Novel

The Sound and the Fury Redux and the End of the World War I Mobilization Novel

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(p.199) 8 The Sound and the Fury Redux and the End of the World War I Mobilization Novel
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The Gun and the Pen
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Keith Gandal (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195338911.003.0008

When anti-Semitism becomes untenable after the Holocaust is revealed toward the end of World War II, Faulkner himself revises The Sound and the Fury in an Appendix that strikingly demonizes his once beloved promiscuous heroine Caddy. He has her become involved with a German officer in Paris during World War II, and he does so in 1945 and 1946, just as the American public is reeling from the revelation of Nazi “death camps.” Thus, Faulkner's Appendix marks an end to the modernist promiscuity novel: with it, Faulkner distances himself from the casual anti-Semitism of his 1929 text and from a female sexual freedom he seemed to embrace or tolerate in Caddy. The outlook of the Appendix, with regard to women, dovetails with that of the military in the world wars. The Appendix is part of a growing backlash against the new woman of the post-World War I era; the promiscuous female is once again, as in the vamp story that became popular in the 1910s, a fiend.

Keywords:   Holocaust, World War II, Jewish American, death camps, new woman, Appendix, vamp, anti-Semitism, Caddy, venereal disease

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