Understanding Annie Proulx

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Univ of South Carolina Press, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 224 pages
UNDERSTANDING ANNIE PROULX introduces readers to the writings of a Pulitzer Prize-winning author best known for the novels Postcards, The Shipping News, and Accordion Crimes. In addition to examining the lyrical prose, wealth of detail, and distinctive characterization that have brought Proulx widespread praise, Karen L. Rood identifies and analyzes the novelist's primary thematic concern - the way ordinary people conduct their lives in the face of massive social, economic, and ecological change. Rood chronicles Proulx's childhood, development as a writer, and relatively late entry into fiction writing. (Proulx published her first story collection at the age of fifty-seven). Rood suggests that Proulx's early years served as a long and valuable apprenticeship for her mature fiction. In separate chapters Rood provides critical appraisals of Proulx's two short-story collections and three novels. She discusses how in these works Proulx warns her readers about the dire consequences, for both the globe and those inhabiting it, of the headlong rush toward modernization. She also traces Proulx's ambitious attempt to define American life in all its aspects, underlining the vast disparity be
 

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Contents

Understanding Annie Proulx
1
Heart Songs and Other Stories
16
Postcards
39
The Shipping News
60
Accordion Crimes
89
Wyoming Stories
153
Conclusion
192
Notes
193
ALICIA osTRIKER 155
155
SUSAN BEE MIRA SCHOR MYREL CHERNICK
199
NANCY HUSTON 2 II
214
ELLEN MCMAHON 225
225
JoAN SNYDER
247
MARY GAITSKILL
253
STORIES
259
TILLIE OLSEN
265

Bibliography
199
Index
207
AcKNowledgMENTs
xi
Anger and Tenderness
81
ALICE WALKER 99
99
SUSAN RUBIN SULEIMAN 113
113
ALICE WALKER 139
139
GRACE PALEY
273
ROSELLEN BROWN
281
LYNDA schoR
301
MARGARET ATwood
311
ANNIE ERNAUX
325
TONI MORRISON
337
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