Patterns and Paradigms: Narrative Discourse in Alice Munro’s Friend of My Youth
Narration is the quintessential form of customary knowledge. -Jean-FranÃ§ois Lyotard
Alice Munro is widely regarded as one of the most distinguished short story writers and is popularly known asthe ‘Canadian Chekhov’. In 2013 she became the first Canadian to win the Nobel Prize for literature. With her narrative technique, the short story took a newdirection. Remarkable for its style, paradoxical expressions, and the artist’spainstaking effort to delineate life in its minute detail, distinguishes her from otherCanadian short story writers. From her first collection to her recent writings, Munroaccommodates the entire gamut of human emotions and presents a realistic picture oflife. In her works, Munro exploits various forms of the short story to suit the changingdemands of her themes, and therefore the reader is faced with a wide variety ofexpressions: the epistolary form, dream-sequences, the stream of consciousnessand inter-related cycle of stories.
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