Department of English

Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University


A Rose for Emily



William Faulkner




According to legend, Faulkner based the Emily Grierson of "A Rose for Emily" upon a Neilson daughter who married a Yankee. (Neilson's Department Store, Description of Map Sites)


aldermen: members of a city legislative body (Merriam-Webster).  See also City of Oxford Board of Aldermen.


Jefferson: The county seat of Yoknapatawpha County, a county in northern Mississippi, the setting for most of William Faulkner’s novels and short stories, and patterned upon Faulkner’s actual home in Lafayette County, Mississippi. (A Faulkner Glossary)




Study Questions



Sample Student Responses to William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily"

Response 1:






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Bibliography of Secondary Sources

Allen, Dennis W.  "Horror and Perverse Delight: Faulkner's 'A Rose for Emily.'"  Modern Fiction Studies 30 (1984): 685696.

Burduck, Michael L.  "Another View of Faulkner's Narrator in 'A Rose for Emily.'"  The University of Mississippi Studies in English 8 (1990): 20911.

Clausius, Claudia. "'A Rose for Emily': The Faulknerian Construction of Meaning."  Approaches to Teaching Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury.  Eds. Stephen Hahn and Arthur F. Kinney.  New York: MLA, 1996. 14449.


Curry, Renee R.  "Gender and Authorial Limitation in Faulkner's 'A Rose for Emily.'"  The Mississippi Quarterly 47.3 (1994): 391–402.

Davis, William V.  "Another Flower for Faulkner's Bouquet: Theme and Structure in 'A Rose for Emily.'"  Notes on Mississippi Writers 7.2 (1974): 348.

Dilworth, Thomas.  "A Romance to Kill for: Homicidal Complicity in Faulkner's 'A Rose for Emily.'"  Studies in Short Fiction 36.3 (1999): 251–63.

Garrison, Joseph M., Jr.  "Bought Flowers in 'A Rose for Emily.'"  Studies in Short Fiction 16.2 (1979): 34144.

Heller, Terry. "The Telltale Hair: A Critical Study of Faulkner's 'A Rose for Emily.'"  Arizona Quarterly 28 (1972): 30118. 

Moore, Gene M.  "Of Time and Its Mathematical Progression: Problems of Chronology in Faulkner’s 'A Rose for Emily.’"  Studies in Short Fiction 29. 2 (1992): 195204.


O'Bryan-Knight, Jean.  "From Spinster to Eunuch: William Faulkner’s 'A Rose for Emily' and Mario Vargas Llosa's Los cachorros."  Comparative Literature Studies 34.4 (1997): 32847.


Ono, Kiyoyuki.  "'The Good Splendid Things Which Change Must Destroy': An Interpretation of 'A Rose for Emily.'"  Chiba Review 17 (1995): 1126.


Rodgers, Lawrence R.  "'We All Said, 'She Will Kill Herself': The Narrator/Detective in William Faulkner’s 'A Rose For Emily.'"  Clues: A Journal of Detection 16.1 (1995): 11729.


Rodman, Isaac.  "Irony and Isolation: Narrative Distance in Faulkner’s 'A Rose for Emily.'"  Faulkner Journal 8.2 (Spring 1993): 312.


Scherting, Jack.  "Emily Grierson's Oedipus Complex: Motif, Motive, and Meaning in Faulkner's `A Rose for Emily'"  SSF 17 (Fall 1980): 397405.

[Emily's “libidinal desires for her father were transferred, after his death, to a male surrogate--Homer Barron.”]

Stafford, T. J.  "Tobe's Significance in 'A Rose for Emily.'"  Readings on William Faulkner.  Ed. Clarice Swisher.  San Diego: Greenhaven, 1998.  7477.


Wallace, James M.  "Faulkner’s 'A Rose for Emily.’"  Explicator 50. 2 (Winter 1992): 1057.


West, Ray B., Jr.  "Atmosphere and Theme in 'A Rose for Emily.'"  Readings on William Faulkner.  Ed. Clarice Swisher.  San Diego: Greenhaven, 1998. 6573.


Wilson, G. R., Jr.  "The Chronology of Faulkner's `A Rose for Emily' Again."  NMW 5 (1972): 44, 56, 5862.

[A postulation of a new chronology for the story's events (18621936).]

Yagcioglu, Semiramis.  "Language, Subjectivity and Ideology in 'A Rose for Emily.'"  Journal of American Studies of Turkey 2 (1995): 4959.




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