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Frontiers in Art Research, 2020, 2(1); doi: 10.25236/FAR.2020.020106.

Animal Magnetism: A Study of Cash Bundren in As I Lay Dying in Light of Perspectivism


Shiyu Zhang

Corresponding Author:
Shiyu Zhang

Department of Humanities, Nanhu College, Jiaxing University, Jiaxing, China
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Since the advent of As I Lay Dying, approaches applied in its analysis vary radically. While brilliant research outcomes have been yielded successfully, and a considerable number of them focus on its modernistic characteristics, Cash Bundren’s narrative especially, few literary critics and professionals have probed Cash’s perspective from the vintage point of Nietzsche’s theory of Perspectivism. Although Cash’s narrative is tagged as Faulkner’s “tour de force”, which means in writing the work he has not changed a word of it and it undergoes little re-examination and has not suffered any editorial modification, and hailed one of his very best, generations of scholars and critics find it “subtly unreadable”. This research believes that all this “unreadableness” is due to Faulkner’s modernistic writing technique, and more importantly, with his philosophical thinking regarding Nietzsche’s Perspectivism. Thus this research is to justify that Cash Bundren’s perspective is Faulkner’s literary expression of Nietzsche’s critical thinking of Perspectivism. The research examines the burial of Addie Bundren in the novel from the perspective of Cash Bundren, the focal family member. The analysis over sense and force of Cash indicates that he has a unique sense of the mother’s burial and his sense materializes under the influence of a peculiar force. The result of this research is that the narratives dedicated to Cash in As I Lay Dying is Faulkner’s aesthetic articulation of his critical thinking of Perspectivism. This research is the very first endeavor to offer an insight into Cash Bundren in light of Nietzsche’s Perspectivism.


As I Lay Dying; Cash Bundren; Nietzsche; Perspectivism; Sense; Force

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Shiyu Zhang. Animal Magnetism: A Study of Cash Bundren in As I Lay Dying in Light of Perspectivism . Frontiers in Art Research (2020) Vol. 2 Issue 1: 44-52. https://doi.org/10.25236/FAR.2020.020106.


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