The Strange and the Familiar in Alice Munro

W. R. Martin

Abstract


The stories of Alice Munro illuminate and enrich both the strange and the familiar. Paradoxes and contradictions are brought together to illuminate the complex wholeness of existence; this is the thematic motivator of, for example, Lives of Girls and Women. When the contradictions are reconciled, Munro's stories achieve a resolution that can be seen as a type of social and existential vision.

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