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Alice Munro: Reminiscence, Interpretation, Adaptation and Comparison

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Edited By Mirosława Buchholtz and Eugenia Sojka

Canadian writer Alice Munro is the 2013 Nobel Laureate in Literature. This collection of essays by authors from Poland, Canada and France presents an intercultural perspective on her work and a new approach to Munro’s art of short story writing. It offers literary interpretation of the genre, critical perspectives on film and stage adaptations of her work, comparative analysis to the writings of Mavis Gallant and Eudora Welty, exclusive reminiscences of encounters with Alice Munro by Canadian writers Tomson Highway and Daphne Marlatt, and a unique African-Canadian perspective on Munro’s work by George Elliott Clarke.
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Just before… she wrote

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… something in the room sensory apprehension of energy current, immediate register, intense like the downfall of a wing or knife,

escapes decorum’s lock, resentment deep in mother bone sensible in another sense to daughter’s proverbial pull/push against

a sense of hurt so strong, mother text inheritance but quick and isolated, vanishing in Del’s recognition, but her reader’s ah –

Munro delicacy tracing fiction’s register in the quick, as in life’s immediate, tense imbued, a trail and so the sentence.

in the 1970s, at age 30, there were many ahs reading Lives of Girls and Women, similar moments of recognition, that daughter-mother dynamic Alice Munro portrayed with such acuity.

and now to pass into “ordinary life” as simply Alice? the perceptions conveyed in her fiction have gained generational depth, layer on layer. foundational.

Vancouver, May 2014 ← 17 | 18 → ← 18 | 19 →

                                                   

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