Dr Ahmed Honeini

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Educational background

Previously educated at King’s College London (BA English with Film Studies, 2013) and University College London (MA English: Issues in Modern Culture, 2014), I have completed a thesis on the work of William Faulkner entitled Saying Yes to Death: Mortality in William Faulkner's Fiction.

My doctoral research examined representations of mortality in a selection of works by Faulkner. The thesis builds upon the scholarship of Robert W. Hamblin (1980), who indicates that the act of writing and storytelling was Faulkner’s authorial method of ‘saying No to death.’ Faulkner’s ambivalence towards death, Hamblin notes, began during his adolescence, and ‘it was not merely death which Faulkner feared, but death as obliteration.’ This thesis extends and challenges Hamblin’s argument, exploring how Faulkner’s characters respond to the trauma and ambivalence which death creates. Indeed, in certain instances, as the thesis shows, Faulkner’s characters are driven towards accepting and ‘saying Yes to death.’

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