Mississippi River in Absalom, Absalom! (Location)

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Mississippi River
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OutOfYoknapatawpha
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2374
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972
Description: 

The Mississippi River figures in two different ways in the novel. It is the route followed by the steamboats on which characters travel between Yoknapatawpha and New Orleans, as would historically have been the case in the decades before railroads appeared in the region. And as "that Continental Troth, that River which runs . . . through the physical land," it is the symbolic "geologic umbilical" that connects Quentin Compson as a southerner with Shreve McCannon as a Canadian (208). In addition, the River figures in one more way as a Digital Yoknapatawpha Location, as the generic site of the anguished wandering that Charles Etienne Saint-Valery Bon and his unnamed wife undertake for "something like a year" (167). Among the men he provokes, racially, into beating him are "negro stevedores and deckhands on steamboats" (167).

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Site of Event
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Continuous

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