Reading Mavis Gallant

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Oxford University Press, Oct 26, 1989 - Literary Criticism - 231 pages
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This book examines the nature and scope of the work of Mavis Gallant, the noted Canadian short story writer and novelist, who delights readers with the elegance and authority of her prose while disconcerting them with the sharp edge of her vision. Examining her fiction, journalism, and work in the theatre, Keefer explores her preoccupation with "the prison of childhood," and the constricted world of women, as well as her continual concern with the function of memory. Keefer also focuses closely on both the rewards and the problems that readers encounter in any sustained engagement with Gallant's work, raising important questions about the nature of contemporary fiction and Gallant's unique Canadian perspective.

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Contents

Writer Critics Readers
24
Narrative Voice and Structure
56
The Prison Childhood
89
Copyright

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About the author (1989)

Marie-Claire Blais is one of Canada's best known authors whose books include "Deaf To The City," "Thunder and Light," and "Wintersleep." She has received a wide variety of national and international prizes, including Prix France-Canada, Prix Athanase-David, Governor General's Literary Award, the W. O. Mitchell Literary Prize, Prix Medicis, Prix d'Italie, and Prix Prince Pierre de Monaco. She lives in Montreal, Quebec. Janice Kulyk Keefer is the award-winning author of numerous works of poetry including "The Paris-Napoli Express," "Transfigurations," and "Travelling Ladies," She lives in Toronto, Ontario.