These two girls were both forced to grow up fast. Oates uses characterization to show how her characters are seen by the audience.
The following entry provides criticism on Oates's short fiction from through One of the most prolific and versatile contemporary American writers, Oates has published myriad novels, short stories, poems, and plays, as well as books and articles of criticism and nonfiction. In these works, Oates focuses on what she views as the spiritual, sexual, and intellectual decline of modern American society.
Employing a dense, elliptical prose style, she depicts such cruel and macabre actions as rape, incest, murder, child abuse, and suicide to delineate the forces of evil with which individuals must contend.
The tales in Oates's short story collections are frequently unified through central themes and characters, and while she has written extensively in several genres, most critics contend that her short fiction best evokes the urgency and emotional power of her principal themes.
A bookish, serious child, she first submitted a novel to a publisher at the age of fifteen.
Oates attended Syracuse University on a scholarship and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in ; the following year she earned a master's degree at the University of Wisconsin and married Raymond Smith, a former English professor.
From to the couple lived in Detroit, where Oates taught at the University of Detroit and published her first novels, short story collections, and poetry. She also witnessed the race riots, which inspired her National Book Award-winning novel them Shortly thereafter, Oates accepted a teaching position at the University of Windsor, Ontario, staying untilwhen she was named a writer-in-residence at Princeton University; she joined the faculty there as a professor in Despite the responsibilities of an academic career, Oates has actively pursued writing, publishing an average of two books a year in various genres since the publication of her first book, the short story collection By the North Gate Her early novels consistently earned nominations for the National Book Award, while her short fiction won several individual O.
Henry Awards and the O. Henry Special Award for Continuing Achievement in both and A poet of some merit and a regular contributor of essays and stories to scholarly journals, periodicals, and anthologies, Oates is a respected literary critic whose work presents logical, sensitive analyses of a variety of topics.
In she published the widely admired nonfiction study On Boxing, which led to at least one television appearance as a commentator for the sport.
During the s Oates gained additional recognition as a dramatist for producing many plays off-Broadway and at regional theaters, including The Perfectionistwhich was nominated by the American Theatre Critics Association for best new play in Major Works of Short Fiction Oates's first two short story collections, By the North Gate and Upon the Sweeping Flood and Other Storiesestablished her reputation as an innovative and commanding voice in contemporary literature.
Both collections explore the decay of modern morality through a series of stories depicting a nonchalant brutality that, according to Oates, thrives and is often fostered in American society. Her next collection, The Wheel of Love and Other Stories is frequently described as Oates's finest volume of short stories.
In these pieces, Oates explores the complex and sometimes mystifying emotions of love and the crippling effects that result from a failure to fulfill the potential of human relationships.
The female protagonist in the title story, for example, commits suicide when she feels overwhelmingly confined by her husband's love.
Yet, when a young man, who Oates symbolically portrays as the devil, presents himself, Connie slowly realizes the terrifying possibilities of their liaison. In the end, she loses control of their relationship, and the tale concludes with a strong implication of rape.
The Goddess and Other Women is another of Oates's collections that is unified by themes of sexual tension—specifically, sexual oppression of women. These stories are linked by the central motif of borders, suggested by the actual boundary line between the United States and Canada, as well as the psychological barriers that characters in these tales build to isolate themselves from close personal relationships.
In her more recent collections of short fiction, critics have noted a growing shift from an emphasis on interpersonal relationships to a tendency to contextualize these relationships within political and social conditions.
In Last Daysseveral of the stories focus on the figure of the failed father and the repercussions of abuse and neglect on the family unit—especially the female children.
In Heatthe stories touch on the external and internal threats to the security of middle-class existence. Their different reactions to her plight expose a growing rift between them and disrupt their well-ordered existence. The Collector of Hearts and Faithless are collections of Oates's horror tales.
The stories comprising Small Avalanches and Other Storiesa collection for young women, the pieces focus on vulnerable, rebellious girls who fall victim to older, predatory males. Commentators note that Oates occupies a controversial position in the feminist literary tradition.The Best American Essays of the Century Joyce Carol Oates, Robert Atwan No preview available - Joyce Carol Oates, Robert Atwan No preview available - /5(1).
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