Rediscovering Lena Grove's role in William Faulkner's Light in August
Hoskins, J. Hunter
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This study reinterprets Lena Grove’s role in William Faulkner’s Light in August by closely investigating the social conditions which produce the narrator’s ideology. Previous criticism has stripped Lena of her subjectivity by denigrating her as a bovine earth mother or fetishizing her as a mythological earth goddess. This study, however, rights the discourse by showing that the narrator presents ample evidence of Lena’s psychological development. It also argues that the critical misunderstanding of Lena stems from the critical misunderstanding of Faulkner’s narrative voice.