Joan Didion's California

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GRIN Verlag, 2013 - 36 pages
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Seminar paper from the year 2009 in the subject English - Literature, Works, grade: 2,0, University of Constance, language: English, abstract: In my paper on Joan Didion's California I would like to take a closer look at Joan Didion's writings, especially the way she writes about her home state of California. Many of her perspective consist of interesting dichotomies and contrasts. Throughout her works Didion reflects her feelings and impressions of California against the idealistic California Dreamin' mentality. She shows in her writing the California of her mind and the contrasting California of her surroundings. Her perspectives also often present a paradox, as she seems to approach California sometimes as an outsider and sometimes as an insider. Following this I will discuss how she presents and reacts to disillusionment in her writing. Finally I will take a closer look at the essay "Los Angeles Notebook" in order to point out some specific examples of Didion's perception.

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