By Joyce Carol Oates
“A poignant, nostalgic choice of literary feedback via one among America’s leading authors.” —Kirkus Reviews
In tough Country is a sterling selection of essays, reports, and feedback from Joyce Carol Oates that makes a speciality of a big selection of books and writers—from Poe to Nabokov, from Flannery O’Connor to Phillip Roth. considered one of our premier novelists, nationwide e-book Award and PEN/Malamud Award winner Oates demonstrates an unprecedented figuring out and appreciation of serious works of literature with In tough Country, and provides targeted and breathtaking insights into the writer’s artwork.
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707–9 (gathering not for battle but for mourning). 24. Il. 1–3; Od. 17–19. 25. Il. 4. 26. See also my chapter 1, 14–17, and Fenik (1968, 79–80). 14, which is functionally similar to the general descriptions in the Iliad. 27. We must be careful not to assume that every description of this sort presupposes a viewpoint from one hovering above the scene. Nestor at one point stands outside his hut to see what the clamor signiﬁes: ... at once he looked on a disgraceful action, some being routed, others rushing behind them, mighty-hearted Trojans, and the wall of the Achaians was thrown down.
46. It is not, by the way, entirely true that “everything which is recounted occurs” in the Odyssey, since Teiresias’s prophecy extends beyond the scope of the poem to the time of Odysseus’s death. This exception reinforces Todorov’s point about no surprises—not even the events after the narrative ends are left open for speculation. 38 Scott Richardson 47. Bergren (1983) shows that Odysseus skillfully uses prolepses in the Apologue in the same manner as the main narrator in the Odyssey. 48. See chapter 1, 34.
17–19. 25. Il. 4. 26. See also my chapter 1, 14–17, and Fenik (1968, 79–80). 14, which is functionally similar to the general descriptions in the Iliad. 27. We must be careful not to assume that every description of this sort presupposes a viewpoint from one hovering above the scene. Nestor at one point stands outside his hut to see what the clamor signiﬁes: ... at once he looked on a disgraceful action, some being routed, others rushing behind them, mighty-hearted Trojans, and the wall of the Achaians was thrown down.
In Rough Country: Essays and Reviews by Joyce Carol Oates