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Alice Munro’s Miraculous Art is a collection of sixteen original essays on Nobel laureate Alice Munro’s writings. The volume covers the entirety of Munro’s career, from the first stories she published in the early 1950s as an undergraduate at the University of Western Ontario to her final books. It offers an enlightening range of approaches and interpretive strategies, and provides many new perspectives, reconsidered positions and analyses that will enhance the reading, teaching, and appreciation of Munro’s remarkable—indeed miraculous—work.

Following the editors’ introduction—which surveys Munro’s recurrent themes, explains the design of the book, and summarizes each contribution—Munro biographer Robert Thacker contributes a substantial bio-critical introduction to her career. The book is then divided into three sections, focusing on Munro’s characteristic forms, themes, and most notable literary effects.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introductory
  1. Alice Munro’s Miraculous Art
  2. Janice Fiamengo and Gerald Lynch
  3. pp. 3-14
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  1. “This is Not a Story, Only Life”: Wondering with Alice Munro
  2. Robert Thacker
  3. pp. 15-40
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  1. I — Forms
  1. Living in the Story: Fictional Reality in the Stories of Alice Munro
  2. Charles E. May
  3. pp. 43-62
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  1. From Munro’s Lives to Shields’s “Scenes”: A Canadian Female Bildungsroman that “fit[s] into the hollow of her hand”
  2. Laurie Kruk
  3. pp. 63-78
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  1. “The stuff they put in the old readers”: Remembered and Recited Poetry in the Stories of Alice Munro
  2. Sara Jamieson
  3. pp. 79-96
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  1. Carried Away by Letters: Alice Munro and the Epistolary Mode
  2. Maria Löschnigg
  3. pp. 97-114
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  1. Bridging the Gaps through Story Cycle: The View from Castle Rock
  2. Tina Trigg
  3. pp. 115-134
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  1. II — Themes
  1. The Short Stories of Alice Laidlaw, 1950–51
  2. D. M. R. Bentley
  3. pp. 137-158
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  1. Momentous Shifts and Unimagined Changes in “Jakarta”
  2. Tracy Ware
  3. pp. 159-176
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  1. “First and Last”: The Figure of the Infant in “Dear Life” and “My Mother’s Dream”
  2. Ailsa Cox
  3. pp. 177-190
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  1. Invasion Narratives: Alice Munro’s “Free Radicals” and Joyce Carol Oates’s “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”
  2. Carol L. Beran
  3. pp. 191-206
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  1. Religion in Alice Munro’s Lives of Girls and Women and Who Do You Think You Are?
  2. Josephene Kealey
  3. pp. 207-218
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  1. III — Effects
  1. “Something”: The “Dark Sides” of Alice Munro’s Story-Telling in Its American Context
  2. David R. Jarraway
  3. pp. 221-234
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  1. Desire and Deferral: “Royal Beatings”
  2. Ian Dennis
  3. pp. 235-254
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  1. “Don’t Take Her Word For It”: Autobiographical Approximation and Shame in Munro’s The View from Castle Rock
  2. Linda M. Morra
  3. pp. 255-270
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  1. Once Upon a Time: Temporality in the Narration of Alice Munro
  2. pp. 271-286
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  1. L’Envoi
  1. On Sitting Down to Read “Lichen” Once Again
  2. Magdalene Redekop
  3. pp. 289-306
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 307-311
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780776624341
MARC Record
OCLC
970406153
Launched on MUSE
2017-07-12
Language
English
Open Access
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