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Using Digital Yoknapatawpha to Compare Interpretive Lenses for As I Lay Dying

By Erin Penner

Faulkner’s 1930 novel As I Lay Dying moves mostly chronologically through the story of the Bundrens’ journey to Jefferson. But Faulkner stitches that story together from a variety of narrators, nearly all of whom slide into memories of past events even as his story marches forward in the present. How do we build a solid interpretation on such unstable ground?

Digital Yoknapatawpha can help us recognize, organize, and evaluate different approaches to As I Lay Dying. In the trio of videos below, I use the nine identified DY tools and resources to compare interpretive lenses that we might apply to Faulkner’s novel. All of the techniques I demonstrate can be used for the other Yoknapatawpha fictions analyzed in DY.

Video 1: Mapping (0:00 - 2:12):
    Timelines
    Heatmaps

Video 2: Visualizations and Searches (0:00 - 4:59):
    Narrative Analysis
    Intertextual Location Data
    Keywords

Video 3: Cultural Context (0:00 - 2:36):
    Photographs
    Audio Clips
    Manuscripts
    Faulkner’s Cemeteries

    Citing this source:
Erin Penner, "Using Digital Yoknapatawpha to Compare Interpretive Lenses for As I Lay Dying. Digital Yoknapatawpha, University of Virginia, https://faulkner.drupal.shanti.virginia.edu/content/penneraildvideos (Date added to project: 2020)