Tell Me a Riddle

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Rutgers University Press, 1995 - Fiction - 310 pages
“Tell Me a Riddle” renders an unforgettable portrait of a working class couple when the gender determined differences in their experiences of poverty and familial life give rise to bitter conflict after almost four decades of marriage. As she dies from cancer, Eva, the protagonist, recollects a revolutionary past that both critiques and offers hope for the present. Deborah Rosenfelt's introduction and the essays in this volume survey the critical reception of this highly acclaimed story, analyze its biographical and historical contexts, examine the text's language, structure, spiritual and moral significance, and illuminate Olsen's relationship to the American midwest, the American left, and the Jewish enlightenment tradition.

This casebook includes an introduction by the editor, a chronology of Olsen's life, an authoritative text of “Tell Me a Riddle,” relevant essays by Olsen, seven critical essays, and a bibliography.

The contributors are: Joanne Trautmann Banks, Constance Coiner, Rachel Blau Duplessis, Mara Faulkner, Elaine Orr, Linda Ray Pratt, and Deborah Silverton Rosenfelt.

 

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Memoirs or fiction? Hard to tell; some of both. Insights into life in the early 1950s; the story about the narrator's friendship with a black family stands out. Not my cup of tea, but well-written in ... Read full review

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This is a collection of four short stories, dealing with have-nots and people who find difficulty expressing themselves in words - a mother talking about her eldest child, the female half of an ... Read full review

Contents

I
3
II
27
III
33
IV
85
V
87
VI
105
VII
113
VIII
133
IX
177
X
199
XI
213
XII
243
XIII
271
XIV
305
XV
309
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Deborah Silverton Rosenfelt is Professor of Women's Studies and Director of the Curriculum Transformation Project at the University of Maryland-College Park. She is editor and co-editor of a number of books, including Feminist Criticism and Social Change and Teaching Women's Literature from a Regional Perspective.

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