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Volume 33, Number 2 (2008)

"As if there were just the two choices": Region and Cosmopolis in Lisa Moore’s Short Fiction

March 31, 2009


Lisa Moore's two collections of short stories, Degrees of Nakedness (1995) and Open (2002), redefine regional literature, exploring the role of topography and of human connection and disconnection in identifying "home." Her stories thereby develop a view congruent with David Jordan's "postmodern regionalism" and Frank Davey's "regionality." Focusing on travel, exchange, and urbanity, and interrogating Newfoundland stereotypes, Moore draws our attention to the ways in which negotiations of regional identity and global influences, as discussed by Glenn Wilmott, are played out in the minute actions of our everyday lives.