Female Carnality from “A Male Eye”



How to Cite

Zouari, Lilia. 2021. “Female Carnality from “A Male Eye”: Gothicizing the Female Desire in Faulkner’s “As I Lay Dying” and ‘A Rose for Emily’”. Brolly 4 (1):93-101. http://www.journals.lapub.co.uk/index.php/brolly/article/view/1901.


The issues of gender and sexuality in William Faulkner's fiction have provided a fertile ground for debate. Faulkner’s women have perplexed and intrigued scholars and critics, who invested their energy in deciphering his attitudes towards gender and women.  While some scholars accuse Faulkner of misogyny and sexism, others perceive his inscription of the female desire in his texts as a challenge to the “Law of the Father” and to the discourse of patriarchy, which silences the female desire and relegates the female carnality to taboo. Focusing on “As I Lay Dying” (1930) and “A Rose for Emily” (1930), two-Faulknerian women-centred narratives that tell their protagonists’ bodies’ stories from the male author’s “eye”, and adopting a gothic perspective, this paper attempts to show that Faulkner’s Gothicized inscription of the female body is neither empowering nor liberating. Rather, it betrays his masculine concerns about female sexuality, as well as his patriarchal Southern society’s fear of the liberation of her body.