Patterns and Paradigms: Narrative Discourse in Alice Munro’s Friend of My Youth

Authors

  • Dr. R. Kamini Asst. Professor of English Avvaiyar Govt. College for Women Karaikal. India

Abstract

Narration is the quintessential form of customary knowledge.                                                                                                                        -Jean-François 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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Published

2018-07-10

How to Cite

Kamini, D. R. (2018). Patterns and Paradigms: Narrative Discourse in Alice Munro’s Friend of My Youth. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH , 6(7), 11. Retrieved from https://ijellh.com/OJS/index.php/OJS/article/view/4280