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The Cambridge Companion to Alice Munro

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  • Page extent: 222 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.47 kg

Hardback

 (ISBN-13: 9781107093270)

This Companion is a thorough introduction to the writings of the Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro. Uniting the talents of distinguished creative writers and noted academics, David Staines has put together a comprehensive, exploratory account of Munro's biography, her position as a feminist, her evocation of life in small-town Ontario, her non-fictional writings as well as her short stories, and her artistic achievement. Considering a wide range of topics – including Munro's style, life writing, her personal development, and her use of Greek myths, Celtic ballads, Norse sagas, and popular songs – this volume will appeal to keen readers of Munro's fiction as well as students and scholars of literature and Canadian and gender studies.

• A comprehensive and accessible account of Alice Munro's short stories • Considers a variety of approaches from a bio-critical essay to accounts of her fiction and non-fictional writings • Includes contributions from both distinguished creative writers and noted academics

Contents

Introduction David Staines; 1. From Wingham to Clinton: Alice Munro in her Canadian context David Staines; 2. Where do you think you are? Place in the short stories of Alice Munro Merilyn Simonds; 3. The style of Alice Munro Douglas Glover; 4. 'Oranges and Apples': Alice Munro's undogmatic feminism Maria Löschnigg; 5. Alice Munro and her life writing Coral Ann Howells; 6. Lives of girls and women: a portrait of the artist as a young woman Margaret Atwood; 7. Re-reading The Moons of Jupiter W. H. New; 8. Alice Munro and personal development Robert McGill; 9. The female bard: retrieving Greek myths, Celtic ballads, Norse sagas, and popular songs Héliane Ventura; 10. The mother as material Elizabeth Hay; Bibliography; Index.

Reviews

'… a welcome addition to the already large body of Munro criticism.' Commonwealth Essays and Studies

'The Companion leaves the impression that reading and discussing Munro is an ongoing conversation - a conversation very much enriched by this multifaceted book.' Christine Lorre-Johnston, British Journal of Canadian Studies

Contributors

David Staines, Merilyn Simonds, Douglas Glover, Maria Löschnigg, Coral Ann Howells, Margaret Atwood, W. H. New, Robert McGill, Héliane Ventura, Elizabeth Hay

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