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Katie Tobin

Katie Tobin is a first year PhD English Literature and Medical Humanities student at the University of Durham. She also holds a BA in English from the University of Sussex, and an MA in English Literary Studies also from Durham. In her spare time, she is a culture writer for publications like VICE, i-D, Huck, Aesthetica Magazine, Refinery29, AnOther, Dazed, and more.

Book Review: William Faulkner and Mortality: A Fine Dead Sound by Ahmed Honeini

For scholars of the works of William Faulkner, his preoccupation with mortality may be best thought of as an attempt to evade, and even deny, the subject of his own death by, instead, creating an immortal presence and literary legacy through his body of work.[1] Faulkner, however, proposes that fiction was not simply a means of escaping death’s inevitability. ‘Man will not merely endure,’ as stated aptly by Faulkner in his 1950 speech as the recipient for the Nobel Prize in Literature, ‘he will prevail’.[2] With this sentiment in mind, Ahmed Honeini’s William Faulkner and Mortality: A Fine Dead Sound offers the first full-length study of mortality in Faulkner’s fiction.