British Journal of Canadian Studies

Disparity and Deception in Alice Munro's 'Lichen'

British Journal of Canadian Studies (2006), 19, (1), 61–75.

Abstract

Using the tools of narratology and literary linguistics, I trace the various means, such as shifts in focalisation, free indirect discourse and the acceleration/deceleration of narrative speed by which Munro foregrounds discrepancies between the thoughts and actions of her two principal characters. I argue that while Munro, in this story, explores the consequences of ageing for both men and women, she exposes more starkly its transformative effects on her female protagonist, Stella.

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Duncan, Isla