Carol Shields and the Extra-Ordinary

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Claiming the "ordinary" and "extra-ordinary" as critical categories, contributors to this volume explore the philosophical and literary import of Carol Shields's writing, its complex play with genre and narrative technique, its re-valuing of domesticity and gendered perspective, and the social critique implicit in its gentle satirical impulses.

Carol Shields and the Extra-Ordinary begins with a previously unpublished article by Shields. In the essays that follow, international ...

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Overview

Claiming the "ordinary" and "extra-ordinary" as critical categories, contributors to this volume explore the philosophical and literary import of Carol Shields's writing, its complex play with genre and narrative technique, its re-valuing of domesticity and gendered perspective, and the social critique implicit in its gentle satirical impulses.

Carol Shields and the Extra-Ordinary begins with a previously unpublished article by Shields. In the essays that follow, international scholars employ a variety of theories and methodologies to analyse her work, including narrative theory, cultural criticism, feminist analysis, psychoanalytic approaches, tropological explication, theories of authorship, and ficto-criticism, demonstrating that Shields's writing represents a genuine revision of literary realism in which the ordinary is subject to contemplation, not just celebration.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773532205
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Pages: 275
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Marta Dvorák is professor, Canadian and Commonwealth literatures, Sorbonne Nouvelle.

Manina Jones is associate professor, English, University of Western Ontario.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Contributors     ix
Out of the Ordinary: Introduction   Marta Dvorak   Manina Jones     3
A View from the Edge of the Edge   Carol Shields     17
Essaying/Assaying Genre: Biography, Archive, Short Story, Novel
Voice and Re-vision: The Carol Shields Archival Fonds   Catherine Hobbs     33
(Es)Saying It Her Way: Carol Shields as Essayist   Christl Verduyn     59
"Dolls, Dolls, Dolls, Dolls": Into the (Extra)ordinary World of Girls and Women   Christine Lorre     80
Carol Shields's The Republic of Love, or How to Ravish a Genre   Taina Tuhkunen     97
Larry's A/Mazing Spaces   Coral Ann Howells     115
Margins of Otherness: Reflection, Subjectivity, Embodiment
A Knowable Country: Embodied Omniscience in Carol Shields's The Republic of Love and Larry's Party   Lorna Irvine     139
Pioneering Interlaced Spaces: Shifting Perspectives and Self-Representation in Larry's Party   Patricia-Lea Paillot     157
Scenes from a (Boston) Marriage: The Prosaics of Collaboration and Correspondence in A Celibate Season   Manina Jones     172
"Artefact Out of Absence": Reflection and Convergence in the Fiction of Carol Shields   Ellen Levy     191
Eros in the Eye of the Mirror: The Rewriting of Myths in Carol Shields's "Mirrors"   Heliane Ventura     205
Extra-Ordinary Performances: Production and Reception
Disappearance and "the Vision Multiplied": Writing as Performance   Marta Dvorak     223
Large Ceremonies: The Literary Celebrity of Carol Shields   Lorraine York     238
Mischiefs, Misfits, and Miracles   Aritha van Herk     256
Index     271
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