'Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?': Joyce Carol Oates / Edition 1by Elaine Showalter
Pub. Date: 11/04/1994
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Joyce Carol Oates’s prize-winning story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” takes up troubling subjects that continue to occupy her in her fiction: the romantic longings and limited options of adolescent women; the tensions between mothers and daughters; the sexual victimization of women; and the American obsession with violence.
Joyce Carol Oates’s prize-winning story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” takes up troubling subjects that continue to occupy her in her fiction: the romantic longings and limited options of adolescent women; the tensions between mothers and daughters; the sexual victimization of women; and the American obsession with violence. Inspired by a magazine story about a serial killer, its remarkable portrait of the dreamy teenager Connie has made it a feminist classic. Connie’s life anticipates the emergence of American society from the social innocence of the fifties into the harsher contemporary realities of war, random violence, and crime. The story was the basis for the movie Smooth Talk, which became the subject of much feminist debate.
This casebook includes an introduction by the editor, a chronology of Oates’s life, an 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 Schulz, Marie Mitchell Oleson Urbanski, Joyce M. Wegs, Marilyn C. Wesley, and Joan D. Winslow.
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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.
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!)
Arnold was just another sicko that Joyce writes about. the number on the car, think about connie's age. It would most likely be the age of girls he has molested.