Enormous changes : narrative strategies in Grace Paley's short fiction

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dc.contributor.advisor Goldman, Irene C. en_US
dc.contributor.author D'Errico, Jon M. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:34:48Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:34:48Z
dc.date.created 1988 en_US
dc.date.issued 1988
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 1988 .D47 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/183630
dc.description.abstract Grace Paley's fiction has suffered from being labeled as (alternately) post-modernist and feminist. There is a critical assumption that post-modernist and feminist works are plotless because they are nontraditional. Plot has been defined in Aristotelian terms, and those terms have colored the thinking of critics who attempt to discuss non-Aristotelian plots. Ironically, even feminist critics who are keenly aware that language is empowerment use the traditional language of literary criticism to describe nontraditional plots.As a result, post-modernist and feminist narrative modes are seen as fragmentary. This judgment often as not is simply a reaction to the Aristotelian emphasis on the unity of plot. Literary "unity" is not, however, an antonym for "fragmentation." To assume that nontraditional works such as Paley's are fragmented is to ignore the stories. The opposite of literary unity is not fragmentation, but amalgamation.Similar critical assumptions are that Paley's work is plotless and carries no implicit meaning. Careful readings of the stories in question lay both of these assumptions to rest. The point here is to make reading and understanding the stories the first priority. To use the stories as merely a chance to apply theory is to do both theory and the stories a disservice.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of English
dc.format.extent ii, 73 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Feminism and literature. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Postmodernism. en_US
dc.subject.other Paley, Grace -- Criticism and interpretation. en_US
dc.title Enormous changes : narrative strategies in Grace Paley's short fiction en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.A.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/539790 en_US

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