The past isn't dead. It's not even past
October 26, 2012 8:56 PM Subscribe
"The past isn't dead. It's not even past." Source?
posted by lewedswiver to media & arts (4 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Recently this Faulkner quote has been in the news due to a rather absurd lawsuit by the Faulkner estate.
The quotation is always cited to have come from Requiem For a Nun.
But... but... but... I could have SWORN that the quotation is actually from Absalom, Absalom!!
In fact, I thought that was effectively the whole point of the book! ... We're originally presented with Quentin telling the story of his family's history, and as we dig deeper and deeper into the past we realize more and more how much the consequences of past events, specifically regarding race, ring down through the generations and have terrible and profound effects on the novel's present.
Now, it's been a few years since I read the novel, and I read it in the context of a class.... so it's possible that we read a selection from Requiem for A Nun at the same time, because presumably they have thematic similarities. (I know for sure that I've never read Requiem cover to cover.)
I don't have Absalom, Absalom! with me in order to check why I thought the quote came from that novel.
Does anyone know why I would have thought that "The past isn't dead. It's not even past" came from Absalom, Absalom?