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Boys and Girls Essay | Critical Essay #1

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Critical Essay #1

Dell'Amico is a doctoral candidate in the program of Literatures in English at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She specializes in the twentieth-century novel. The essay "Literature and Social History" discusses the connection between fiction and history, generally, and the historical interest of Alice Munro's "Boys and Girls" in particular.

The word "literature" means different things to different people. Lately, the word is used to mean any type of written material, from government and business reports, to fiction and poetry, to histories and letters. Then, within the category of literature, it is possible to make a distinction between fictive literatures (novels, short stories, poetry) versus factual types of writing, like histories. Yet, the distinction between fact and fiction is not as definite as the opposing words suggest. For example, a book of history is a compilation of facts, but these facts must be interpreted and interwoven...

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