An essay by Dr. Lorie Watkins, an associate professor of language and literature at William Carey University, has been published in “Faulkner’s Geographies,” a book exploring fictional locations created by Mississippi author and Nobel Prize laureate William Faulkner.
The essay by Watkins, titled “Woman in Motion: Escaping Yoknapatawpha,” was originally presented at the 2011 Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, which is held annually in Faulkner’s hometown of Oxford. The book, published by the University Press of Mississippi and co-edited by Faulkner scholars Jay Watson and Ann Abadie, collects selected essays read at the conference and is part of a series of Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha books.
Watson said in his introduction to the book that the essay by Watkins “draws on the work of feminist geographers to detail the way women experience and use space in Faulkner’s writings.” Watson adds that the collection as a whole demonstrates “the exciting potential of social and historical geography as a window onto Faulkner’s work.”
Watkins is the author of “William Faulkner, Gavin Stevens and the Cavalier Tradition,” published in 2011. She is currently working on “Writing in the Crooked Letter State,” a history of Mississippi literature for the University Press Heritage Series. Watkins is also the editor of the annual Publications of the Mississippi Philological Association, also known as POMPA.
For more information on the book or to purchase it, visit www.upress.state.ms.us/books/1805.