Where are You Going, where Have You Been?: Selected Early Stories
Joyce Carol Oates's prize-winning story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" takes up troubling subjects that continue to occupy her in her fiction: the romantic longings and limited options of adolescent women; the tensions between mothers and daughters; the sexual victimization of women; and the American obsession with violence. Inspired by a magazine story about a serial killer, its remarkable portrait of the dreamy teenager Connie has made it a feminist classic. Connie's life anticipates the emergence of American society from the social innocence of the fifties into the harsher contemporary realities of war, random violence, and crime. The story was the basis for the movie Smooth Talk, which became the subject of much feminist debate. This casebook includes an introduction by the editor, a chronology of Oates's life, and authoritative text of "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" an essay by Oates on Smooth Talk, the original Life article about the serial killer, ten critical essays (including two about the film), and a bibliography. The contributors are Brenda O. Daly, Christina Marsden Gillis, Don Moser, Tom Quirk, B. Ruby Rich, R.J.R. Rockwood, Larry Rubin, Gretchen Schultz, Marie Mitchell Oleson Urbanski, Joyce M. Wegs, and Joan D. Winslow. Elaine Showalter is Avalon Foundation Professor of Humanities at Princeton University. She is the author and editor of many books on women's writing, including Sister's Choice: Tradition and Change in American Women's Writing. A volume in the Women Writers: Texts and Contexts Series.
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For a moment Shell felt isolated by their laughter. Then he turned slowly and
glanced at his friends — Nick and Tony, like him sitting on their motorcycles. They
grinned back encouragingly, and he felt all right. "A old man like you shouldn't
Perplexed, incredulous: in spite of the enormity of what threatened (the migrant
workers were hardly a mile away), she felt slowed and meaningless, her inertia
touched even Timmy, who usually jumped out of the car and slammed the door.
It frightened him, that he might lose her. That he might forget her. And yet he
could not locate in his memory of her the passion he always felt in her presence.
A kind of energy dominated them, gave them life; it did not belong to either of
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If Henry James is the master of psychological realism, Joyce Carol Oates is its mistress. And I, for one, find Professor Oates’s prose far less tedious and eminently more readable. In metaphysics ... Read full review
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