Women We Know

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Women we know: a biographical critical analysis on Unless by Carol Shields

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Introduction 3

Men and Women 4

Writers and Readers 7

Goodness 9

Mothers and Children 10

Referências 13 Women we know: a biographical critical analysis on Unless by Carol Shields


Unless is the last novel written by Carol Shields, before she passed away of breast cancer in 2003. The novel is structured in a first person narrative; the narrator is Reta Winters, a 44-year old writer and translator. Throughout the narrative, the reader follows a linear chain of thoughts by Reta on the central theme of the novel, which is her quest to find out why her daughter Norah decided to drop out of university and live on the street with a sign on her chest written "Goodness". The essay will be developed through research in primary sources – interviews – in order to analyze Carol Shield’s work using mostly, but not only, her own concepts and reflections on Literature, writing and being a writer, and composition process of Unless. Many scholars have made researches on the novel, especially about language resources, metafiction and gender issues. The most cited work is Nora Foster Stovel’s ““Because she is a woman”: Myth and Metafiction in Carol Shield’s Unless”. By investigating her compositional process in interviews, the intention of the essay is to create an analysis on the novel; the focus of the analysis will be on the preoccupation of showing and perceiving the human conditions, society and the individual, as well as portraying women in a broad range of age. During the late twentieth-century, literary criticism aims towards the critical notions and aspects of…...

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