Shirley Ann Grau | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Anthony Bukoski

This literature criticism consists of approximately 23 pages of analysis & critique of Shirley Ann Grau.
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Critical Essay by Anthony Bukoski

SOURCE: “The Burden of Home: Shirley Ann Grau's Fiction,” in Critique, Vol. 28, No. 3, Summer, 1987, pp. 181-93.

In the following essay, Bukoski demonstrates how Grau uses “the house” as the center and substance of many of her works.

In Shirley Ann Grau's fiction, houses provide a loci for the psychological and emotional lives of families.1 Her fictional houses alienate, however, when they become representative of the failure of the family to provide direction to its members. This, I believe, partly answers the critics who see in Grau's work the “absence of … unifying symbol, or theme, or resolving incident.”2 When social and emotional life turns inharmonious inside a house, the sense we get of the place changes. In “Fever Flower” from...

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