This comprehensive volume explores the themes of William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying through the lens of family dysfunction, offering readers a critical look at the intersection between literature and sociology.
Author: Claudia Durst Johnson
Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing LLC
Category: Young Adult Nonfiction
When the matriarch of the Bundren family dies, her family must confront the daunting task of transporting her body across the state of Mississippi for burial in her hometown. As they embark on this journey, with the coffin in tow, they face several trials and tribulations that not only complicate their travel but also highlight the innate dysfunction of the family's complex dynamic. This comprehensive volume explores the themes of William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying through the lens of family dysfunction, offering readers a critical look at the intersection between literature and sociology. The book examines Faulkner's life and influences and explores concepts such as the role of maternal influence and sibling rivalry within the novel and within the broader context of society. Chapters also offer a contemporary perspective on family dysfunction through discussion of topics such as the effects of emotional neglect and the role of maternal instincts.
According to anthropological theories of ritual, the liminal stage of a rite of
passage is a zone in which conventional social norms are temporarily inverted. In
As I Lay Dying, the family's liminal status as mourners gives them permission to
roam the countryside imposing on neighbors, even to ... In rites of passage,
though, as in the novel, the disorder of the liminal stage gives way to a
reincorporation into ...
Author: John Dennis Anderson
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Category: Literary Criticism
A comprehensive guide to William Faulkner provides a biography and a critical assessment of his literary heritage and influences and discusses the author's major works, examining the plot, character, themes, style, and setting of each.
And of course, network analyses can be performed on other Faulkner texts:
measuring, for instance, how frequently and in what contexts members of the ...
reading,” it is important to consider the historical and discursive contexts of the
network effects that emerge. ... Similarly, any network effects that lie beneath the
surface of family dysfunction in As I Lay Dying should be traceable in part to Faulkner's ...
Author: John T. Matthews
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
William Faulkner in Context explores the environment that conditioned Faulkner's creative work and offers readers a framework in which to better understand this challenging writer.
In As I Lay Dying , the most chiastic element is the inversion of the characters '
attitudes after Addie ' s death . ... down a barnan especially serious crime in the
agricultural South of Faulkner ' s time , when barns were a key part of industry
and personal survival - is moving toward a reconciliation with the living members of his family . ... With all the dysfunction plaguing the Bundrens , however , it is no
surprise that Darl ' s attempt to deal honestly with issues proves to be destructive .
Author: William Faulkner
Publisher: Spark Notes
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
SparkNotes LLC presents a study guide to "As I Lay Dying," a novel written by the American author William Cuthbert Faulkner (1897-1962). SparkNotes LLC provides a biographical sketch of Faulkner and information about the historical context of the novel. Character descriptions, an overview of the plot, a list of study questions, a bibliography, and critical interpretations of the novel are available. Users require a password to access certain sections of the study guide. Jim Cocola prepared the study guide.
Each member of the family has their own priorities and ulterior motives, and the novel explores the conflicts between them as they travel, with the dysfunctional unit they form eventually being broken apart when they reach their destination ...
Author: Bright Summaries
Category: Study Aids
Unlock the more straightforward side of As I Lay Dying with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, a novel that brims with many narrative voices that chart the progress of the Bundren family as they journey to a nearby town in in rural Mississippi in order to lay their late mother to rest. Each member of the family has their own priorities and ulterior motives, and the novel explores the conflicts between them as they travel, with the dysfunctional unit they form eventually being broken apart when they reach their destination. As I Lay Dying is one of the best-known novels by William Faulkner, and is considered an important work within the Modernist movement, as well as a classic example of the Southern Gothic novel. Find out everything you need to know about As I Lay Dying in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you on your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!
I am trying to comprehend the unfolding problematic of gender in Faulkner's work
from The Sound and the Fury through Go ... but further, and alongside race and
class, as a major historical predicate for both social power and cultural dysfunction. ... in Faulkner's major novels from The Sound and the Fury through
Go Down, Moses is the family, the original locus of ... by Faulkner's complex
treatment of motherhood, especially in The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying, where by any ...
Author: Donald M. Kartiganer
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
Category: Literary Criticism
Essays in centennial celebration of William Faulkner and his achievement With essays and commentaries by André Bleikasten, Joseph Blotner, Larry Brown, Thadious M. Davis, Susan V. Donaldson, Doreen Fowler, The Reverend Duncan M. Gray, Jr., Minrose C. Gwin, Robert W. Hamblin, W. Kenneth Holditch, Lothar Hönnighausen, Richard Howorth, John T. Irwin, Donald M. Kartiganer, Robert C. Khayat, Arthur F. Kinney, Thomas L. McHaney, John T. Matthews, Michael Millgate, David Minter, Richard C. Moreland, Gail Mortimer, Albert Murray, Noel Polk, Carolyn Porter, Hans H. Skei, Judith L. Sensibar, Warwick Wadlington, Philip M. Weinstein, Judith Bryant Wittenberg, and Karl F. Zender William Faulkner was born September 25, 1897. In honor of his centenary the Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference of 1997 brought together twenty-five of the most important Faulkner scholars to examine the achievement of this writer generally regarded as the finest American novelist of the twentieth century. The panel discussions and essays that make up Faulkner at 100: Retrospect and Prospect provide a comprehensive account of the man and his work, including discussions of his life, the shape of his career, and his place in American literature, as well as fresh readings of such novels as The Sound and the Fury, Sanctuary, Absalom, Absalom!, If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem, and Go Down, Moses. Spanning the full range of critical approaches, the essays address such issues as Faulkner's use of African American dialect as a form of both appropriation and repudiation, his frequent emphasis on the strength of heterosexual desire over actual possession, the significance of his incessant role-playing, and the surprising scope of his reading. Of special interest are the views of Albert Murray, the African American novelist and cultural critic. He tells of reading Faulkner in the 1930s while a student at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. What emerges from this commemorative volume is a plural Faulkner, a writer of different value and meaning to different readers, a writer still challenging readers to accommodate their highly varied approaches to what André Bleikasten calls Faulkner's abiding "singularity." At the University of Mississippi Donald M. Kartiganer fills the William Howry Chair in Faulkner Studies in the department of English and Ann J. Abadie is associate director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture.
In addition , Cash ' s diction and syntax evidence marks of the baroque style - -
obscurity ( " Animal magnetism , " " Except " ) , pictorialism ( through ... Despite
the structural correspondence , tension and disorder impinge on and break down
the surface symmetry of Cash ' s utterance . ... As the novel progresses , it is Cash
who imposes order on the family journey , and in the end he acts as its
William Faulkner , As I Lay Dying The original focus in the mental health field was
the individual and individual inadequacy ... of dysfunctional families can only be
accomplished when there is active treatment of the dysfunctional aspects of the ...
Also similar to Agee ' s book is the way Dowell ' s novel explores the weight of family dysfunction and the death of religious fervor . ... and the fragmentary nature of the subconscious , it is related more closely to Faulkner ' s As I Lay Dying .
Author: Gene Hayworth
Category: Biography & Autobiography
From his birth in rural Kentucky during the Great Depression to his suicide in Manhattan in 1985, Coleman Dowell played many roles. He was a songwriter and lyricist for television. He was a model. He was a Broadway playwright. He served in the U.S. Army, both abroad and at home. And most notably, he was the author of novels that Edmund White, among others, has called "masterpieces." But Dowell was deeply troubled by a depression that hung over him his entire life. Pegged as both a Southern writer and a gay writer, he loathed such categorization, preferring to be judged only by his work. Fever Vision describes one of the most tormented, talented, and inventive writers of recent American literature, and shows how his eventful life contributed to the making of his incredible art.
They are likely to have encountered Faulkner ' s notoriously dysfunctional families in at least one of two major novels The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying . In The Sound and the Fury , Mother Caroline Compson hides from her
children in hypochondria , year after year lying in ... mausoleum of all hope and
desire ” ( 76 ) , that “ no battle is ever won ” ( 76 ) , that a Harvard education is “
like dead ivy ...
Author: Stephen Hahn
Category: Literary Criticism
While critics praise Faulkner as one of the greatest writers of the modern era, students struggle to make sense of his extremely difficult texts. The broadest treatment to date of a topic of increasing concern, this book is designed to provide fresh strategies and practical suggestions for the classroom study of several of Faulkner's finest novels and stories. The expert contributors draw upon such diverse matters as cultural and social analysis, historical context, reading and rhetorical theory, film and stage techniques, comparative studies, and race, class, and gender issues. In each case, theory is subordinated to tested classroom methods that both motivate and assist students in reading the texts and in understanding why Faulkner remains relevant for contemporary readers.