**For Immediate Release**
Where is Yoknapatawpha County?
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 06/01/06
Goodwell, Okla. — Difficult, distressing, and delightful,
the fiction of William Faulkner has beckoned readers into
his mythical world for decades. One of the best-known American
writers of the twentieth century, Faulkner’s main
body of work spans 1929-1942. Using the South as his setting,
Faulkner examines difficult social issues including injustices
of race, class, politics, religion, and gender in his short
stories and novels.
The Nobel prize winning author constructed
a fictional yet historical account of the South using,
in part, the defining event for generations of Southerners — the
Civil War. Faulkner creates a South at once familiar and
disturbing. A master of implication, he fascinates his
audience with his ability to lead even the most resistant
into a world that many find corrupt yet truthful and obscure
yet defining. Even though Faulkner did not publish a chronological
series of novels, he nevertheless created a complex family
tree and a well-defined setting that he used over and over
again in his work.
Oklahoma Panhandle State University’s
Dean of Liberal Arts, Dr. Sara Jane Richter, will offer
a course in the fascinating work of William Faulkner
this fall. The two-hour credit class meets Tuesdays and
Thursdays from 8:30-9:20a.m. To explore Yoknapatawpha
County and its cast of characters, contact Dr. Richter
at 580-349-1472 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.