Alice Munro: 'Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage', 'Runaway', 'Dear Life' (Bloomsbury Studies in Contemporary North American Fiction)

Alice Munro: 'Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage', 'Runaway', 'Dear Life' (Bloomsbury Studies in Contemporary North American Fiction)

By: Robert Thacker (author)Paperback

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The awarding of the Nobel Prize in Literature to the Canadian writer Alice Munro in 2013 confirmed her position as a master of the short story form. This book explores Munro's work from a full range of critical perspectives, focussing on three of her most popular and important published collections: Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage (2001), Runaway (2004), and her final collection Dear Life (2012). With chapters written by the world's leading critics of Munro's work, the short story form and contemporary Canadian writing, this book explores such themes as love and marriage, sex, fate, gender and humor in her writings as well as her approaches to narrative form and autobiography. In these three late collections Munro sharply articulates, again and again, the mysteries of being itself.

About Author

Robert Thacker is Charles A. Dana Professor of Canadian Studies and English at St. Lawrence University, New York, USA. His many previous publications include Alice Munro: Writing Her Lives - A Biography (2005, revised 2011).


Series Editor's Introduction Acknowledgements Introduction: Robert Thacker, `Durable and Freestanding: The Late Art of Munro' Part I Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage 1 Charles E. May "The Key to the Treasure": Sex and Storytelling in Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage, 2 Tracy Ware, `Teaching Conflict in Munro from "The Day of the Butterfly" to "Comfort"' 3 Robert McGill, `Mistaken Identities in "The Bear Came Over the Mountain"' Part II Runaway 4 Julie Rivkin, `Sibyl at the Kitchen Table, or Translating the Classics in "Hateship" and The Juliet Triptych' 5 Eric Reeves, `The Lives of Women and Men: Narrative Inflection in Runaway' 6 Lester Barber, "Old Confusions or Obligations": Comic Vision in Runaway' Part III Dear Life 7 J. R. (Tim) Struthers, `Traveling with Munro: Reading "To Reach Japan"' 8 Ailsa Cox, `"Rage and Admiration": Grotesque Humor in Dear Life' 9 Linda M. Morra, `"It Was[n't] All Inward": The Dynamics of Intimacy in the "Finale" of Dear Life' Notes on Chapters Works Cited Further Reading Notes on Contributors Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781474230988
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 272
  • ID: 9781474230988
  • weight: 322
  • ISBN10: 1474230989

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