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dc.contributor.advisorBrivic, Sheldon
dc.creatorBrown, Leiza Renee
dc.date.accessioned2020-11-05T16:09:46Z
dc.date.available2020-11-05T16:09:46Z
dc.date.issued2008
dc.identifier.other864884577
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12613/3697
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation focuses on one of the greatest, yet most problematic, novels in William Faulkner's canon. As I Lay Dying, Faulkner's self-proclaimed "tour de force," is a multilayered, multi-voiced text that leaves many critics wondering how to approach it, which has led to there being only a handful of full length critical texts devoted entirely to the book. The narrow approach used by most articles and critical texts leads to a necessarily cursory glance at the novel. The complexity of this narrative demands a multi-theoretical approach where no one theory is the primary voice or ultimate authority. The structure of the novel has dictated the order in which the theories are presented in the dissertation. The story follows members of a poor farm family as they journey to bury their matriarch. The family journeys from a private isolated space to a public outer space. The chosen theories are ordered in this same inner to outer fashion. The study begins with Freudian theories which consider how the inner workings of the mind affect the individual and moves steadily to Marxist critiques which focus on the effect of society on the individual. In this manner, the discussion grows from individual concerns to communal concerns. Spanning the theoretic gulf between Freud and Marx are Lacanian theories and Race issues using Appiah's theories, each a certain step from the inner to the outer. An important factor in the dissertation is the discourse between the theories as each theory sounds a note of meaning that builds toward a unified chord of meaning. I hope this exercise in literary criticism will add to a fuller understanding of Faulkner's novel.
dc.format.extent199 pages
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherTemple University. Libraries
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dc.subjectLiterature, American
dc.subjectFaulkner
dc.subjectLiterary Theory
dc.subjectLiterature, American
dc.title"The thick dark current runs": As I Lay Dying -- A Multi-Theoretical Approach
dc.typeText
dc.type.genreThesis/Dissertation
dc.contributor.committeememberWilliams, Roland Leander
dc.contributor.committeememberOrvell, Miles
dc.contributor.committeememberBurns, Christy L.
dc.description.departmentEnglish
dc.relation.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.34944/dspace/3679
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dc.description.degreePh.D.
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