Thursday, April 3, 2014
URSP Student Liana Glew Studies the Works of William Faulkner
On a weekly basis, I follow a progression that will ultimately lead to a thesis paper on the workings of flesh, blood, and bone in relation to socioeconomic, gendered, and racial systems of disempowerment in the text. So far, I have read and annotated six of Faulkner’s novels and chosen to work with four. I’ve examined a number of critical texts and analyzed them with relevance to my thesis in a literature review. Now, I am spending two weeks sifting through the critical texts and the novels to assess the language (in the critical texts, I am looking at the workings of “abject” and “grotesque;” in the novels, I am studying the ways in which “flesh,” “blood,” and “bone” are presented). This week, I’ve come to the decision to eschew the word “grotesque” in my writing altogether. I’ve observed in my reading that throughout the history of southern gothic studies, the term has become mangled and convoluted. I’ve decided to solely work with the “abject,” especially in relation to the physical bodies in the novels. Ideally, my final project will serve as an innovative contribution to the scholarly conversation surrounding Faulkner’s work.