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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.
|Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?||23|
|Background to the Story|
|The Pied Piper of Tucson: He Cruised in a Golden Car, Looking for the Action||51|
|"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" and Smooth Talk: Short Story into Film||67|
|Existential Allegory: Joyce Carol Oates's "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"||75|
|A Source for "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"||81|
|The Stranger Within: Two Stories by Oates and Hawthorne||91|
|"Don't You Know Who I Am?": The Grotesque in Oates's "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"||99|
|Oates's "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"||109|
|In Fairyland, without a Map: Connie's Exploration Inward in Joyce Carol Oates's "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"||113|
|"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?": Seduction, Space, and a Fictional Mode||133|
|Good Girls, Bad Girls||141|
|An Unfilmable Conclusion: Joyce Carol Oates at the Movies||145|
Posted April 8, 2008
This story is AMAZING!! The symbolism, theme, allegory, etc. are all incredible. It's masterfully crafted and intensely powerful! It is full of suspense and leaves one in deep contemplation. After reading this story, I kept shivering for about 15 minutes, and I don't think I'll ever rebound mentally. One must read this! *Actually, the numbers 33,19,17 are a biblical reference. If one counts, starting in the New Testament into the old, and excluding revelations, Judges is the 33 book. In Judges 19:17, it states, 'When he looked and saw the traveler in the city square, the old man asked, 'Where are you going? Where did you come from?' ' As Judges 19 continues, one finds more references to the story itself. It could also be seen as relevant that 33+19+17=69, the story was published in '68, and that 6+9=15, and Connie is 15.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 14, 2005
Joyce Carol Oates seems to have out done herself in writing 'Where are you going, Where have you been?' This story is filled with symbolism, archetypes, and so much more. There are so many different readings of this story. The story is made scarier in that we all know someone like Connie, the protagonist. This is also a great story to use if anyone needs to write a paper analyzing a story. Awesome story! I would definitely recommend it! (To anyone not knowing what the numbers in the story mean, just add them up. That should give you a hint!)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 8, 2003