By I. Duncan
One of the first severe works on Alice Munro's writing, this learn of her brief fiction is expert by means of the disciplines of narratology and literary linguistics. via studying Munro's narrative artwork, Isla Duncan demonstrates a wealthy realizing of the complicated, densely layered, frequently unsettling tales.
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Lichen” is the description applied to the pubic hair of a young woman, Dina, photographed naked in a provocative pose. The photograph belongs to David, who shows it to his wife Stella, from whom he is now separated, in a gleeful display of his latest sexual triumph. It is in response to his boasting that Stella delivers her reductive comparison. To compound his cruelty, David asks her to keep the photograph safe, and secret, lest he reveal it to Catherine, his current lover, to whom he is unfaithful, and of whom he now tires.
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