112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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“Aint No Luck on No Place Where They Own Chillen’s Name Aint Never Spoke”: Mental, Physical, and Environmental Trauma in William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury

Shaun F. Richards, The College of William and Mary

This paper explores trauma’s gendered environing within the Compson family. The Compson estate is a decomposing ecosystem that finds dysfunctional embodiment in Benjy, for whom the “natural” triggers haunting associations of Caddy and his castration. Through Benjy’s mental disability, masculine able-bodied subjectivity is re-conceptualized in physical, psychological, and ecological terms.