Dark Eyes on America: The Novels of Joyce Carol Oates
Dark Eyes on America illuminates the vision of one of America's most extraordinary and prolific woman of letters, Joyce Carol Oates. In this remarkable study, the author discovers in her novels an evolving consciousness that ultimately forgoes abstract introspection in favor of a more practical approach to art as a tool for understanding both personal and social challenges. With her clear-eyed perception of human behavior, Oates has for decades offered unhesitating explorations of genre, topic, and style-making her an inevitable if somewhat elusive subject for critical assessment. Cologne-Brookes's conversations and correspondence with Oates combined with his close textual study of her novels and abundant references to her essays, stories, poetry, and plays result in an exceptional work, critically synthesizing the layers of her writing. This comprehensive yet accessible study offers an essential analysis of one of the twentieth century's most significant writers.
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