By I. Duncan

One of the first severe works on Alice Munro's writing, this examine of her brief fiction is expert by way of the disciplines of narratology and literary linguistics. via studying Munro's narrative artwork, Isla Duncan demonstrates a wealthy figuring out of the advanced, densely layered, usually unsettling tales.

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In the second section, the narrator learns of the harrowing nature of her mother’s last few weeks, discovering, from her aunts, that her sister might have been more of a comfort during that time. The opening sentence of the first section reads, “I have been at home now for three weeks and it has not been a success” (p. 190). The perfective aspect of the present tense conveys anterior time, during which certain events have occurred that substantiate the narrator’s assertion that her visit home has not gone well.

Much of the anger that Hugo’s story provokes in the narrator stems from her belief that he has appropriated Dotty, has used her profitably for his art, when in reality, he had been dismissive of her. ” (p. 47). It is made clear at the outset of the narrative that Hugo is a successful writer. The opening sentence, “I don’t keep up with Hugo’s writing” (p. 30), fulfils two purposes: it signals the contemporaneous level of narration, and enables Munro’s narrator to establish Hugo’s credentials as a writer, as she goes on to explain that his name is often seen in newspaper announcements, posters in the library, or on the front cover of literary journals she no longer opens.

The gaps in knowledge and disclosure open up in a narrative whose heterodiegetic narrator has considerable authority, which is generously displayed at the outset. The opening sentences of Changing Perspectives 33 the first paragraph are confidently referential and assertively evaluative: “The two people who died were in their early sixties. They were both tall and well built, and carried a few pounds of extra weight. He was grayhaired, with a square, rather flat face. A broad nose kept him from looking perfectly dignified and handsome.

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