The professor is referring to the work of Nobel Prize-winning writer William Faulkner. And as for "literary study," he's referring to academic approaches such as queer theory and feminist readings.
According to Kartiganer, "The 'male gaze' as a form of sexual objectification, the 'blackness' of sexual mystery, the interaction of heterosexual and same-sex dynamics illustrate how diverse and wide-ranging the sexualities of Faulkner's fiction can be."
"Sexualities" in the work of William Faulkner is the theme of the 34th annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference scheduled for July 22nd-26th on the Ole Miss campus in Oxford. For more information on the conference and costs, go here . Questions? Call 662-915-7283. Incest, homoerotics, and rape? See The Sound and the Fury, Absalom, Absalom!, and Sanctuary.