Narrative Strategies of Liberation in Alice Munro

Katherine J. Mayberry


Our stories and the way in which we tell them are not only "self"-constitutive, but also constitutive of our relations with others. Alice Munro's women in The Moons of Jupiter and The Lives of Girls and Women use narrative to seek relief from or understanding of their object position within the microcosmic political system of family and friends. Few succeed. Those who manage to recreate experiences through language (Munro's version of truth) do so through a new configuration of narrative which combines voices and points of view but has no dominant perspective: a communal narrative.

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