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Sunlight and Shadows, Past and Present. Alice Munro's Dance of the Happy Shades

Sunlight and Shadows, Past and Present. Alice Munro's Dance of the Happy Shades
Sunlight and Shadows, Past and Present. Alice Munro's Dance of the Happy Shades
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A master of the short story genre, Alice Munro is also a literary stylist, which her debut collection, Dance of the Happy Shades, amply demonstrates. Her typical setting is her native southwestern Ontario, yet her stories are anything but prosaic. Munro has been said to defamiliarize the familiar ; she reveals the dazzle of outdoors but through the lightning cracks in the drawndown blinds, also conjures up shadows, disquieting figures, or Gothic mother figures. She probes into patterns of exclusion or intrusion, and often conveys a sense of entrapment. Yet her text exudes a paradoxical sense of freedom as she makes the art of the short story her own. Writing from within, straying from dramatic descriptions, she depicts a landscape which is part sunlight, part shadows, and is always a mindscape. She describes lives of girls and women, exploring the haunting tensions between mothers and daughters, negotiating boundaries. Playing on intertextual scraps which she sews into the fabric of her stories, she seeks to reveal life’ s little ironies.


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14.5 x 20 cm


Table des matières: 

I. The Rag Rug : Intertextual Motifs 
1. Intertextual ironies
2. American echoes
3. English echoes
4. Looking for a Room of One’s Own
II. Roots: Mapping & Reterritorializing Ontario
1. Journeys within
2. Cracks, sunlight and shadows: defamiliarizing the familiar
3. Boundaries
4. Ontario revisited and the wilderness
III. Time Frames
1. Remembrance of things past
2. Stepping out of time: “Dance of the Happy Shades”
3. The context of the thirties, history and “her-story”
IV. Gothic and Grotesque: Domestic Slippages
1. Spatial slippage
2. Warped fairy tales
3. Grotesque bodies
4. The return of the Gothic: the Gothic Double
5. Shades, blinds and cracks: haunted houses and inner jails
V. Family Relationships
1. Mothers and daughters: Sounds and silence
2. Mothers and daughters: Dressing for the part
3. Dysfunctional surrogate mothers
4. Fathers and daughters
5. Brothers and sisters
VI. Voices and Typography: Munro’s layers of speech
1. Reproducing “the way people speak”
2. Dialogue as conflict: “The Office”
3. The other side of speech: silence
4. Italics and echoes: “The Peace of Utrecht”
5. Songs
6. Storytelling
VII. The Quest for Identity
1. Gendered identity
2. Gendered bodies and the tension between masculine and feminine
3. The plight of the writing housewife
4. Resisting intrusion
VIII. Endings, Epiphanies and Strategies of Resilience
1. Epihanies
2. Strategies of resilience
1. Conclusion on Dance of the Happy Shades
2. Picking up the threads: beyond Dance of the Happy Shades
3. Further readings: echoes between Dance and later stories

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Corinne Bigot is a senior lecturer at the University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense. A specialist of Canadian literature, she is the author of a monograph entitled Alice Munro. Les silences de la nouvelle (PUR) and has published several articles on Munro’s stories.
Catherine Lanone is a professor of British Literature at the University of Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle. She has published books on Emily Brontë and E.M. Forster, and articles on Virginia Woolf, Jane Urquhart and Emily Carr.