Keywords

Term ID Vocabulary Parentsort descending Term Description
281 Cultural Issues Slavery Metaphorical

Used to flag the passages in which a narrator or a non-enslaved character uses "slavery" metaphorically, to describe something else. Lucas Burch, for instance, complains that his job at the planing mill has him "slaving all day." SR

308 Cultural Issues Slavery Middle passage
316 Cultural Issues Slavery Minstrelsy

Used to mark the passages where the representation of a slave or group of slaves draws on the representational conventions of blackface minstrelsy, where slaves were depicted as comically inferior to whites. The scene in "Retreat" where Ringo "hollers and moans and hollers again" for "Marse John" and "Bayard and Colonel and Marse John and Granny" is an instance of this. SR

279 Cultural Issues Slavery Miscegenation
300 Cultural Issues Slavery Music
311 Cultural Issues Slavery Naming slaves
301 Cultural Issues Slavery Nostalgia

When black characters, especially ones who had been enslaved, seem nostalgic for the institution of slavery. Simon in Flags in the Dust is probably the most obvious instance of this. SR

282 Cultural Issues Slavery Ownership

For moments in the texts where owning slaves is evoked as a marker of status or wealth, as when Jason Compson connects his family pride to the fact that his ancestors owned slaves. SR

294 Cultural Issues Slavery Persistence over time
276 Cultural Issues Slavery Purchase
304 Cultural Issues Slavery Quarters
272 Cultural Issues Slavery Racialism

Used to note passages where enslaved blacks are described as members of an inferior species. The Indians in "Red Leaves," for example, say that their slaves "are like horses and dogs." SR

4852 Cultural Issues Slavery Re-arrangements during War
318 Cultural Issues Slavery Re-enslavement

The clearest example of this occurs in "Raid," when Granny tells the slaves she has recovered from the Union Army to go "home," to their former masters, and they seem to obey her. SR

319 Cultural Issues Slavery Religion
312 Cultural Issues Slavery Resistance

To index passages in which slaves are described taking a stand of some kind, usually verbal, against their enslavement. The clearest instances of this involve Loosh and Granny on the Sartoris plantation. (More direct physical forms of resistance are indexed under "Fugitive" and "Revolt.") SR

298 Cultural Issues Slavery Revolt
4814 Cultural Issues Slavery Segregation of space
284 Cultural Issues Slavery Self-emancipation

For textual moments in which an enslaved person or group acts upon the desire to be free, as when Loosh or unnamed groups of slaves take advantage of the proximity of the Union Army to leave the Sartoris, Sutpen and other plantations where they were enslaved. Most examples of self-emancipation occur during the Civil War, but it also applies the way Thucydus earns the money to buy himself from the McCaslins. SR

271 Cultural Issues Slavery Sex
306 Cultural Issues Slavery Slave trading
289 Cultural Issues Slavery Slaves vs masters
297 Cultural Issues Slavery Slaves vs poor whites
275 Cultural Issues Slavery Social value
327 Cultural Issues Slavery Southern curse
290 Cultural Issues Slavery Traditions

For instances of the patterns that became a recurring aspect of the social interactions between slaves and masters, as in the description of the young slaves approaching Sutpen's big house on Christmas morning in expectation of a gift. SR

325 Cultural Issues Slavery Transhistorical
277 Cultural Issues Slavery Violence
296 Cultural Issues Slavery White anxiety

For moments in the text which describe anxiety felt by white characters about the presence or possible actions of slaves, as when Loosh's sudden appearance and behavior make Bayard uncomfortable. SR

597 Relationships Social Adversarial
1140 Relationships Social Assailant-victim
3895 Relationships Social Club
759 Relationships Social Conflict
4865 Relationships Social Coworker
3304 Relationships Social Crowds
1831 Relationships Social Fame
3764 Relationships Social Fellow alumni of a college or university
4961 Relationships Social Gang
3302 Relationships Social Homoerotic
1418 Relationships Social Homosocial
547 Relationships Social Homosocial rivalry
1420 Relationships Social Isolation

This term describes moments when a character is isolated or ostracized from the wider social community. BR
Also used this term when a person intentionally isolates him/herself from the larger community. JJ

1263 Relationships Social Mentorship
752 Relationships Social Neighbor
828 Relationships Social Paternalism
664 Relationships Social Snobbery
4969 Relationships Social Social organizations
1520 Themes and Motifs Story-telling Audience response
3062 Themes and Motifs Story-telling Collaborative
571 Themes and Motifs Story-telling Communal mythology
5226 Themes and Motifs Story-telling Deadpan
4918 Themes and Motifs Story-telling Explaining
5613 Themes and Motifs Story-telling Gestures
4919 Themes and Motifs Story-telling Hunting
1671 Themes and Motifs Story-telling Old days
1806 Themes and Motifs Story-telling Reminiscence
4127 Themes and Motifs Story-telling Retelling
5232 Themes and Motifs Story-telling Risque
1131 Themes and Motifs Story-telling Story-telling passim
5348 Aesthetics Style Address to reader
1451 Aesthetics Style Bricolage
966 Aesthetics Style Character portrait
1959 Aesthetics Style Cubism
3036 Aesthetics Style Index
3510 Aesthetics Style List
1888 Aesthetics Style Long sentence
3037 Aesthetics Style Long sentence passim
641 Aesthetics Style Neologism
3538 Aesthetics Style Numerous adjectives
2507 Aesthetics Style Present tense
1267 Aesthetics Style Unfinished sentence
2700 Themes and Motifs Supernatural Eternity
3246 Themes and Motifs Supernatural Folk customs
3133 Themes and Motifs Supernatural Folklore
1883 Themes and Motifs Supernatural Ghost
2612 Themes and Motifs Supernatural Haunted house
2608 Themes and Motifs Supernatural Haunting
1003 Themes and Motifs Supernatural Insight
2382 Themes and Motifs Supernatural Phantom
1947 Themes and Motifs Supernatural Place
2613 Themes and Motifs Supernatural Sickness
2877 Themes and Motifs Supernatural Signs / Omen
2369 Themes and Motifs Supernatural Soul / Spirit
2385 Themes and Motifs Supernatural Spell
3134 Themes and Motifs Supernatural Superstitions
2373 Themes and Motifs Supernatural Telepathy
5498 Themes and Motifs Supernatural Vision
2928 Aesthetics Symbolism Archetype

I did not see archetype anywhere else in the keyword list, so I added it here under symbolism - for when a text refers to something clearly archetypal, like the tree in S&F. -JBP

1560 Aesthetics Symbolism Blood
4887 Aesthetics Symbolism Cage
2506 Aesthetics Symbolism Christian
4152 Aesthetics Symbolism Cleansing power of water
1715 Aesthetics Symbolism Created by characters
4054 Aesthetics Symbolism Fire
1315 Aesthetics Symbolism Freudian
1893 Aesthetics Symbolism Hamsa
4821 Aesthetics Symbolism Impermanence
4904 Aesthetics Symbolism Rebirth
3106 Aesthetics Symbolism Reflection

Created for when a text makes explicit reference to mirrored reflection that has potential symbolic importance - created to capture Benjy's repeated references to a mirror in the library (of fire, of Caddy) that in the present day is gone (leaving only a door-like discoloration on the wall where it once had been). -JBP

5623 Aesthetics Symbolism Roman

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