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By I. Duncan

ISBN-10: 1349341592

ISBN-13: 9781349341597

One of the first serious works on Alice Munro's writing, this research of her brief fiction is knowledgeable by way of the disciplines of narratology and literary linguistics. via reading Munro's narrative artwork, Isla Duncan demonstrates a wealthy realizing of the complicated, densely layered, frequently unsettling tales.

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The episode of retrospection, when the narrator recounts events of the night when her sister “took [her] to a party at the lake” (p. 191), allows Munro to elaborate on the distance that has grown between the two sisters. The narrator has become disdainful about her hometown: twice she makes captious reference to how her sister speaks, “with the harsh twang of the local accent”; she tends to categorize her friends, observing that they “had copper rinses on their hair, and blue eyelids, and a robust capacity for drink” (p.

131, italics added). Earlier, when Robert noticed the smear on his wife’s coat, he knew that “she must have got close” to the bodies (p. 118, italics added). The reprised allusions to proximity are surely not coincidental. Perhaps Munro intends the reader to reflect on how her two protagonists approach the unexpected, the uncanny: both have to get close to understand what is there, to find an explanation. ” Robert’s reaction is described in emotive terms, when the narrator reports that the assembly of strange shapes initially “amazed and bewildered” him, then he “felt disappointed, but also like laughing” (p.

Its heterodiegetic narrator introduces a scene described entirely 32 Alice Munro’s Narrative Art in present tenses, but the events are long in the past, and it is not until the conclusion that the reader is taken, abruptly, to the contemporaneous level of narration. Moreover, the heterodiegetic narrator shares the perspective with the subject of the focalization, Frances, one of two protagonists; the other being her lover, Ted. In the use of a heterodiegetic narrator who flaunts omniscience and who seems, at times, a mouthpiece for the community, “Accident” prepares for the polyphony and the experiments with focalization that distinguish “Fits” and “Lichen” from The Progress of Love.

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