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I. Duncan's Alice Munro’s Narrative Art PDF

By I. Duncan

ISBN-10: 1137000686

ISBN-13: 9781137000682

ISBN-10: 1349341592

ISBN-13: 9781349341597

One of the first severe works on Alice Munro's writing, this research of her brief fiction is expert through the disciplines of narratology and literary linguistics. via analyzing Munro's narrative artwork, Isla Duncan demonstrates a wealthy realizing of the complicated, densely layered, usually unsettling tales.

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One character is anxious to know more, while the other is reluctant to tell. The gaps in knowledge and disclosure open up in a narrative whose heterodiegetic narrator has considerable authority, which is generously displayed at the outset. The opening sentences of Changing Perspectives 33 the first paragraph are confidently referential and assertively evaluative: “The two people who died were in their early sixties. They were both tall and well built, and carried a few pounds of extra weight. He was grayhaired, with a square, rather flat face.

One character is anxious to know more, while the other is reluctant to tell. The gaps in knowledge and disclosure open up in a narrative whose heterodiegetic narrator has considerable authority, which is generously displayed at the outset. The opening sentences of Changing Perspectives 33 the first paragraph are confidently referential and assertively evaluative: “The two people who died were in their early sixties. They were both tall and well built, and carried a few pounds of extra weight. He was grayhaired, with a square, rather flat face.

At this point the reader might recall the narrator’s wry observation, “For a Gilmore person, Peg is reserved” (p. 108). The reserve may be a façade, however, as the reader infers from Clayton’s disclosure that his mother and her first husband used to have such violent arguments that he feared for his life. ” This rebuttal would appear to be endorsed in the line, ‘“No,” said Clayton, “No, not you”’ (p. 126). Caitlin J. ”11 It is equally plausible, I would argue, to regard the triple negative as firm refutation of any suggestion of latent violence in the family’s present home.

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