Joyce Carol Oates | Critical Essay by Frank R. Cunningham

This literature criticism consists of approximately 30 pages of analysis & critique of Joyce Carol Oates.
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Critical Essay by Frank R. Cunningham

SOURCE: Cunningham, Frank R. “The Enclosure of Identity in the Earlier Stories.” In American Women Writing Fiction: Memory, Identity, Family, Space, edited by Mickey Pearlman, pp. 9-28. Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, 1989.

In the following essay, Cunningham examines the themes of self-enclosure and identity in Oates's first five volumes of short stories.

“Halfway through the decade, something went terribly wrong. The most useful image I have today is of a man in a quagmire, looking into a tear in the sky.”

John Cheever1

Joyce Carol Oates was in her late teenage years in upper New York State in the mid-fifties when John Cheever sensed the onset of the postwar dissolution of value and coherence since noted by so many men and women writing in America. Perhaps it was...

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