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Criticism & Commentary


# Date Publisher Binding Cover
1 1981-00-00 Oxford University Press  

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In seven provocative essays, Joyce Carol Oates confronts the contradictions to which readers respond emotionally in great works of literature. Previously published but never before collected in one volume, these essays were written over a period of seventeen years. Imbued with her own emotional responses and enlivened by her personal experiences as a writer, the book takes a fresh approach to readings of familiar works. She reappraises the paradoxes in Conrad"s Nostromo; the parable of the fall in Wilde"s The Picture of Dorian Gray; tragic rites in Dostoevsky"s The Possessed; the appeal of ballads as a literary genre in English and Scottish traditional ballads; the apocalyptic vision of Lawrence"s Women in Love; tragic vision in King Lear; and comedy in Joyce"s Ulysses.

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