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Forget Jerusalem: William Faulkner's Hyperreal Novel
This paper explores the relationality between Modernism and Postmodernism as well as between literature and theory by examining the works of two writers: master novelist William Faulkner, and high priest of Postmodernism, Jean Baudrillard. Specifically, this paper examines Faulknerâ s eleventh novelâ the oft-neglected If I Forget Thee, Jerusalemâ as a proto-postmodern text which, when examined by the light of Baudrillardâ s theory of simulacra and simulations, informs the transition from Modernism to Postmodernism.
This paper treats each authorâ s work as a lens through which to view the other. The result is both a re-vision of Faulknerâ s social philosophy and a re-examination of the epistemic break that separates Faulknerâ s philosophy from that of Baudrillard.