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"Lurie fills a gap in Faulkner studies by looking at the influence of film and popular culture on the great Mississippian's work."

"Well structured and elegantly written, this is one of the most important recent books on Faulkner."

"Among the surprising contributions of Vision's Immanence is a subtle interpretive discourse that moves seamlessly and persuasively between film and literature. Terms from film theory take on new and clarified meaning in relation to Faulkner's narratives, which can now be understood as cinematic, and Absalom! Absalom!, among other Faulkner narratives, emerges in newly revealed relation to early films, including Birth of a Nation. With its dual sensitivity to the conceptual implications of fictional form and to the character of film, this compelling reading of Faulkner will change critical understanding not only of Faulkner but of film's relation to modern literature."

"A brilliantly argued, elegantly written study of Faulkner's engagement with film. It finds Hollywood's deepest influence on Faulkner not in the obvious places (his screenplays or adaptations of his work) but in the formal properties of the novels and the critical consciousness of their author. Peter Lurie brings to light Faulkner's vexed awareness that the modern mind has been formed, informed, and deformed by the cinema."

"Vision's Immanence constitutes one of the freshest, most imaginative reconsiderations of Faulkner's writing I know of, and achieves a new level of specificity and interpretive force among current efforts to rethink the relation between modernism and popular culture. The book brilliantly establishes one modernist's deeply felt implication in an expanding mass cultural marketplace, particularly in the dominant regime of visual culture. Lurie's highly original reading of Faulkner ought to lead criticism of that writer into its next important phase, but Vision's Immanence also possesses wider-ranging implications for understanding the dependence of modernist writing upon thematic and formal incorporation of cinematic, photographic, and pulp fictional habits of production and consumption."