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"NO SUCH THING AS WAS": THE FETISHIZED CORPSE, MODERNISM, AND AS I LAY DYING

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[...] the piling-up of real bodies throughout the twentieth century impacted the form and content of fiction, and in many ways modern funeral and embalming practices both contain and reflect modernity as Americans begin to move toward "an increased concern for appearances in a consumer culture" after the Civil War (Farrell 7). [...] that was not always the case.3 Early critics often failed to see the value in unpacking a complex narrative structure that they believed represented only the particular experience of provincial life; a common judgment lambasted Faulkner for what was perceived as his simplistic fixation on violence and the grotesque.4 Faulkner's public image has often been that of an outsider to a literary movement he helped to create:

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