ISBN-10:
0813521351
ISBN-13:
9780813521350
Pub. Date:
11/04/1994
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
'Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?': Joyce Carol Oates / Edition 1

'Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?': Joyce Carol Oates / Edition 1

by Elaine ShowalterElaine Showalter

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Overview

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.

 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813521350
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 11/04/1994
Series: Women Writers: Texts and Contexts Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 178
Sales rank: 491,107
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author


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.

Table of Contents


Introduction - Elaine Showalter
Chronology

Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? - Joyce Carol Oates
Background to the Story:
The Pied Piper of Tucson: He Cruised in a Golden Car, Looking for the Action - Don Moser
"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" and Smooth Talk: Short Story into Film - Joyce Carol Oates

Critical Essays:
Existential Allegory: Joyce Carol Oates's "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" - Marie Mitchell Oleson Urbanski
A Source for "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" - Tom Quirk
The Stranger Within: Two Stories by Oates and Hawthorne - Joan D. Winslow
"Don't You Know Who I Am?": The Grotesque in Oates's "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" - Joyce M. Wegs
Oates's "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" - Larry Rubin
In Fairyland, without a Map: Connie's Exploration Inward in Joyce Carol Oates's "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" - Gretchen Schultz and R.J.R. Rockwood
"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?": Seduction, Space, and a Fictional Mode - Christina Marsden Gillis
Good Girls, Bad Girls - B. Ruby Rich
An Unfilmable Conclusion: Joyce Carol Oates at the Movies - Brenda O. Daly

Selected Bibliography
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