Warsaw, Poland in Requiem for a Nun (Location)

"Warsaw" (along with Dunkirk) appears in the narrative in its account of how black farmers and field hands in Yoknapatawpha left the region or became otherwise unavailable for working on the big plantations (193). The pairing with "Dunquerque" (as Faulkner spells it) makes it clear that the reference is to the beginning of World War II in Europe: Poland was invaded by the German army on 1 September 1939; the U.S. government began drafting young men, including young Negroes, in 1940.

Arkansas in Requiem for a Nun (Location)

The narrator measures the way that 20th century America is becoming "one nation" (rather than a North and a South) by noting the "Brooklyn exchange students" who attend college on the G.I. bill "at Mississippi or Arkansas or Texas universities" and sell "tiny confederate battle flags" at football games (194).

Cuba in Requiem for a Nun (Location)

Measuring the distance between 20th century Jefferson and its southern past, the narrator notes that the sons of the remaining Confederate veterans of the Civil War - "those tottering old men in gray" - had fought and died "in blue coats in Cuba," a reference to the Spanish-American War of 1898 (189).

Pensacola, Florida in Requiem for a Nun (Location)

The narrator speculates about what kinds of local stories the people who lived in Yoknapatawpha could tell their friends or relatives from elsewhere who "passed through Jefferson on the way to New Orleans or Florida" (196).

Stanford University in Requiem for a Nun (Location)

Stanford, the prestigious university in Palo Alto, California, is mentioned as one of the places at which the novel's hypothetical non-Southern reader may have been educated: "yourself the stranger, the outlander from B.A. (or perhaps even M.A.) at Harvard or Northwestern or Stanford" (205).

Stanford University

California in Requiem for a Nun (Location)

Temple and her family take refuge from the events in Yoknapatawpha by going to a beach in California. As Temple tells her son, the beach is "far from Jefferson" (61), but the text gives no additional details about it. We are assuming the beach is in Southern California, perhaps as far south as San Diego.

California Internment Camp in Requiem for a Nun (Location)

At the start of World War II the U.S. government created internment camps to which the Japanese-Americans living on the west coast were removed as a possible threat to the war effort against Japan. The novel refers to "a California detention camp for enemy aliens" (194), though almost two-thirds of the 110,000-120,000 people interned were American citizens, and though it's not clear that any were "enemies." Two of the ten camps on the U.S.

California Internment Camp

Charleston, South Carolina in Requiem for a Nun (Location)

Charleston, South Carolina, a major port on the Atlantic, is mentioned in the novel as one end of the "constricting loop" that Union forces are drawing around the remaining Confederates during the last months of the Civil War (184).


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