Type of Thesis
William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury is written, in part, from a first person, disabled point of view. The narrator of novel’s first chapter is Benjy, an individual with profound intellectual disability. Examining his own work, Faulkner supplies a close reading of The Sound and the Fury in a collection of introductions to the text, answering an important question surrounding the author’s criticism: ‘why write from a first person, disabled point of view. Through this question, Faulkner reveals a continuity of emotion between Benjy, himself, and the reader. This continuity constitutes a metaphoric extension of theories in neuroscience (the engram and Reconsolidation Theory) to The Sound and the Fury’s narrative. Thus, careful examination of Benjy’s story, Faulkner’s introduction, and neuroscientific theories opens up onto an interdisciplinary space wherein the differences between literary criticism and the natural sciences are absolved.
DeCamillis, Anthony J., "Faulkner’s “fierce, courageous being”: Narrative and Neuroscience in The Sound and the Fury" (2018). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 1652.