and Shreve, Ratliff, Chick Mallison, and Gavin Stevens as readers may seem like little more than a locutionary shift to textual engagements long considered.
, and Shreve - to dismiss Rosa as a crazy old woman.
The novel "legitimizes" Rosa, General Compson, Quentin
and Shreve as architects of American history just as Thomas Jefferson, the eponym of Jefferson County, is handed that mantle, instead of, say, Frederick Douglass.
These range from the mother of the first Compson, Quentin
MacLachan Compson (mentioned in the appendix to the novel Faulkner produced for the Portable Faulkner in 1945) to Mary the mother of Jesus, and Leda (of Classical myth).