Erik Dussere teaches literature and film at American University in Washington, DC. He has done critical work on Toni Morrison, William Faulkner, film noir, detective fiction, and comic books, among other things. His novel The West House was published in 2020.
In both texts, these strategies suggest similar attempts to represent the present moment’s relationship to the American past. Faulkner’s devastating analysis of race and Welles’s meditations on wealth and worth[…]