This article examines the character of Darl Bundren in William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying from the position that he is an artist functioning in a society that ultimately rejects and condemns him through the vessel of ideological conceptions of madness. Topics explored include the ideology of madness, the ideological project of capitalism, queering as a weapon to support an ideology, essential characteristics of “the artist” type, and the consequences of perceived madness.
McSwain, Jared R.
"The Ideology of Madness: the Rejected Artist vs. the Capitalist Society in As I Lay Dying,"
Oglethorpe Journal of Undergraduate Research: Vol. 6
, Article 1.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/ojur/vol6/iss2/1