Shattering the Empty Vessel: Absence and Language in Addie's Chapter of Faulkner's As I Lay Dying

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dc.contributor.advisor Grimwood, Mike, Committee Member en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Halpern, Nick, Committee Chair en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Thompson, Jon, Committee Member en_US Massey, Kathryn Rebecca en_US 2010-04-02T18:05:28Z 2010-04-02T18:05:28Z 2003-09-07 en_US
dc.identifier.other etd-05282003-122021 en_US
dc.description.abstract When Faulkner centers Addie Bundren's monologue both symbolically and literally in As I Lay Dying, her presence in the novel is complicated by the fact that she is also the embodiment of absence. Correspondingly, Addie's monologue works to expose a similar paradox, which lies at the core of language itself: she insists that each word is "just a shape to fill a lack" (72). Critics frequently recall this statement when they undertake an analysis of her theory of language. However, many perceive it to be a simple and straightforward linguistic argument while I believe that its philosophical implications are quite complex. Addie's theory of language reveals her struggle to come to terms with a concept that is so fundamental to our experience of the world that it is often overlooked by readers and critics alike: the concept of perceived absence, or what Martin Heidegger calls "being-missing." Heidegger's philosophy offers a valuable starting point for an exploration of Addie's chapter because his linguistic complexity, intricacy, and subversiveness parallel Faulkner's own writing in many ways. Even more significant, Heidegger describes "being-missing" as the point of intersection between the concepts of presence and absence while As I Lay Dying places Addie Bundren at exactly this metaphysical crossroads. Addie's monologue expresses her obsession with the perpetual 'loss' language produces every time the 'word' replaces the 'doing' of her own subjective experience. en_US
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dc.subject language en_US
dc.subject absence en_US
dc.subject Faulkner en_US
dc.subject "being-missing" en_US
dc.subject Heidegger en_US
dc.title Shattering the Empty Vessel: Absence and Language in Addie's Chapter of Faulkner's As I Lay Dying en_US MA en_US thesis en_US English en_US

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