Joan Didion | Critical Essay by Katherine Usher Henderson

This literature criticism consists of approximately 3 pages of analysis & critique of Joan Didion.
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Critical Essay by Katherine Usher Henderson

Few contemporary American writers are "American" in all the ways that Joan Didion is. Although she has visited Europe often, she has never written an essay on Europe, nor do we find a single European character in her fiction. Not only are all of her major fictional characters born and raised in the United States; they also bear no marks of European nationality, carry no memory traces of European traditions. (p. 140)

In both her fiction and her essays, Didion sees the American character as often arrogant, often nostalgic, but invariably and quintessentially romantic, and thus deluded. Her more nostalgic characters are ever looking backward to the simplicity of childhood, finding there the source of the myth they are currently living: Maria Wyeth learned from her father that material success is life's easy and natural goal; Lily McClellan learned...

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This section contains 1,883 words
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Buy the Critical Essay by Thomas R. Edwards
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