'"Almost Like a Ghost": Spectral Figures in Alice Munro’s Short Fiction'

Ailsa Cox

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    Alice Munro’s stories derive their power from that which is unspoken, misremembered or concealed. Over her long career, she has mined the ambiguities of memory and perception, as they are shaped by dreams, erotic fantasy, drink, dementia or self-deception. Those who laud or, alternatively, dismiss the realist aspects of the fiction overlook this pronounced engagement with liminal states of consciousness, which, in Munro’s work, undermines the possibility of a fixed, external reality, unconditioned by human perception. Focusing mostly on Munro's late work, I consider the role played by spectral and ghostly figures in evoking a liminal state of consciousness.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationLiminality and the Short Story: Boundary Crossings in American, Canadian, and British Writing,
    EditorsJochen Achilles, Ina Bergmann
    Place of PublicationOxon.
    ISBN (Print)9780415738910
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Publication series

    NameRoutledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature


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