By I. Duncan
One of the first severe works on Alice Munro's writing, this examine of her brief fiction is trained through the disciplines of narratology and literary linguistics. via analyzing Munro's narrative artwork, Isla Duncan demonstrates a wealthy figuring out of the advanced, densely layered, frequently unsettling tales.
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Lichen” is the description applied to the pubic hair of a young woman, Dina, photographed naked in a provocative pose. The photograph belongs to David, who shows it to his wife Stella, from whom he is now separated, in a gleeful display of his latest sexual triumph. It is in response to his boasting that Stella delivers her reductive comparison. To compound his cruelty, David asks her to keep the photograph safe, and secret, lest he reveal it to Catherine, his current lover, to whom he is unfaithful, and of whom he now tires.
12 In the context of “The Peace of Utrecht,” the instances of semantic discordance expose the intensity of, more specifically, the narrator’s guilt, as she strives to justify the withdrawal of filial love. That she searches for some consoling justification is evident in the plea, “how could we have loved her, I say desperately to myself, the resources of love we had were not enough” (p. 199). The extensive account of the sisters’ enforced solicitude of their “Gothic Mother” (p. 200) proceeds toward another gap in the narrative, prefaced by the clamorous confession, “I felt the beginnings of a secret, guilty estrangement” (p.
17 In the basement apartment lived the landlady’s daughter, Dotty, described as “flat-faced, soft, doughy, fashioned for defeat” (p. 38); she had been befriended by the narrator, who found her eccentricities amusing. Much of the anger that Hugo’s story provokes in the narrator stems from her belief that he has appropriated Dotty, has used her profitably for his art, when in reality, he had been dismissive of her. ” (p. 47). It is made clear at the outset of the narrative that Hugo is a successful writer.
Alice Munro’s Narrative Art by I. Duncan