Carol Shields | Literature Criticism Critical Review by Donna Coates

This literature criticism consists of approximately 3 pages of analysis & critique of Carol Shields.
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Critical Review by Donna Coates

SOURCE: Coates, Donna. “Re Marriage.” Canadian Literature, no. 164 (spring 2000): 175-76.

In the following review of Happenstance, Coates discusses the role of employment and work in the lives of the two central characters.

In a recent interview, Carol Shields confessed that she was “furious” when she came out of Four Weddings and a Funeral because “absolutely no one in that film had a job. People's work lives are written out of novels, too.” Shields never writes people's work lives out of her fiction, though; in Happenstance (1980) and A Fairly Conventional Woman (1982), re-issued as the two-volume set Happenstance: Two Novels in One about a Marriage in Transition (1991, 1994, 1997), work is a (pre)-occupation, one which she has continued to explore in The Stone Diaries (1993) and Larry's Party (1997). The...

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