Wenlock Edge. By Alice Munro. My mother had a bachelor .. ‘On Wenlock Edge the wood’s in trouble,’—”. The familiar words and rhythms. In a “comment” on the post “Do You Have to Learn to Read a Short Story,” Sandy posts a query about Alice Munro’s story “Wenlock Edge,”. Henfryn Street and Carlisle Street: “Wenlock Edge” feels so vivid that one can hardly resist keying in the significant addresses to see.

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Nina is quirky and elusive in a way that the narrator cannot grasp; she takes pleasure in writing in separate colours for her different subjects at university but is unconcerned by her lack of understanding of the content. New Yorker, June 27, She is putting Nina back into the kind of subjugation that she herself accepted freely out of her mistake about what she was doing, but she is responsible for Nina’s loss of freedom. And what do you make of this story?

Crazyforbooks I had the same problem with the final of this story. He avoids her advances but is cornered into exchanging a kiss with her.

U of Waterloo P, This comparison also highlights a contrast. Eurydice Legend of Lovers. A Companion to the Gawain-Poet. The subtlety of writing, the gentle choice of words somehow enhanced the obscenity of Mr.

I’ve spent some time dissecting it and would love your thoughts on the poem! For me, the issue has to do with a common theme in the short story as a genre—the blurring of the edge between reality and unreality—and a common short story technique of exploring this question in terms of the reality of unreality. The sticky prickly shame.


Reading the Short Story: Alice Munro, “Wenlock Edge” and Metafiction

Would they betray a friend to save themselves the discomfort of being reminded of their own shame? Just as Bertilak tricks Gawain, who then breaks his word to his host, Nina tricks the narrator, who then breaks the promise she made to her friend.

Also thought about Hyman Street and Cartwright in London: I will read Runaway next, thanks for the recommendation! That and my pride.

December 18th, 18 Comments. Art is a form of play that by being pushed to hallucinatory extremes masters the conflict inherent in the activity between its play nature and its work nature.

Spatially, it provides a mental image of the trap in which the protagonists are caught, revealing mumro only the treachery that surrounds them but their own complicity in its success. Pantyhose are hung to dry in a bathroom. It may be ironic that the narrator does not apply what she is so good at analyzing to her own life, but the story reveals that self-knowledge is gained through experience, not reading.

“Wenlock Edge” Alice Munro

This departure from any standard story form or shape allows Munro to reveal the banality of the life of our young woman narrator, and all the more powerfully as the wayward history and life of Nina unfolds before our eyes: Ride the airstreams with a winged demigod. Purvis is concerned about breaking the law, while Ernie disapproves of drinking. If the author gets it right, and we do see ourselves and our inner condition played out in the fictional artifact, then the characters are real and their manipulation of other characters and events within the story are damning while the author’s manipulation of the aspects of fiction to create the artifact is a work of art.

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Public readings, too, as it turns out. Feb 03, Moreover, as readers, we are also in the position of Tom, fantasying that we are Huck, but desiring to maintain our freedom to play.

Ray for having drawn my attention to the Carscallen book and Struthers article. Just as the aluce does not save Gawain but is instrumental in his downfall, so poetry does not save the narrator; it merely seduces her into a state of self-delusion.

I love this discussion- I too read the story and was stumped at the end so I re read it carefully and was thrilled when I figured edeg the chronology, like when you finally discover the answer to a long worked math problem.

I’ve been tackling the book fairly slowly, which is a nice idea considering the layered complexity of Munro’s stories. Their experiences there put them on edge.