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Scholars Day: April 11, 2012

Automobiles as Crime Catalysts in Faulkner's Sanctuary

This presentation will discuss the effect of the automobile's influence on crime in the 1920's in relation to William Faulkner's novel, Sanctuary. In this novel, automobiles both enable and limit the characters. They facilitate crimes for the bootleggers as well as give female characters a means of freedom. In the case of the bootleggers the crimes automobiles help them commit are governmentally illegal, but in the case of Temple Drake, Faulkner's main female character, the crimes she is committing with the help of cars, such as going out with a lot of men, are only perceived as criminal in the context of the times. The researcher will be discussing the automobile as a crime catalyst in the novel and how the context of the automobile in the 1920's affected the characters in Faulkner's novel.

Please note that presentation times are approximate. If you are interested in attending sessions with multiple presentations, please be in the room at the start of the session.
Presenter: Christina Hedding (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: English
Location: 218 Hartwell
Time: 2:45 pm Session IV