I am attempting to write an essay applying a postcolonial ctiricism to William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily." I have already identified some subtle inferences but was wondering if someone had suggestions I might explore.
Barbara Ladd and Deborah N. Cohn apply postcolonial criticism to Faulkner by examining his "contradictory treatment of Native Americans" (Hamblin, Faulkner in the Twenty-First Century). A similar approach might be used for "A Rose for Emily" through an examination of his contradictory treatment of African Americans. For instance, while Emily's black serving man is presented as intelligent, longsuffering, and loyal, he is also presented as eagerly awaiting the release of his chains binding him to Emily as shown by his immediate flight out the back door. Also, while he is presented as active in her service, seemingly by his own consent in their postcolonial, post-slavery community, he is also shown as voiceless and powerless.
Bibliographic reference: Aboul Ela, Hosam Mohamed. "Post-Colonial Faulkner." Diss. U of Texas at Austin, 1994. Ann Arbor: UMI, 1995. 9519234.