- Joyce Carol Oates (Critical Survey of Poetry: American Poets)
- Joyce Carol Oates (Cyclopedia of World Authors, Fourth Revised Edition)
- Joyce Carol Oates (Identities & Issues in Literature)
- Joyce Carol Oates (The Sixties in America)
- Joyce Carol Oates (Critical Survey of Long Fiction, Fourth Edition)
- Joyce Carol Oates (Critical Survey of Short Fiction, Second Revised Edition)
At a glance:
- Author: Joyce Carol Oates
- First Published: 1990
- Type of Plot: Psychological realism
- Time of Work: The 1950’s and the early 1960’s
- Setting: A small town in western New York State
- Characters: Little Red Garlock, Iris Courtney, Persia Courtney, Duke Courtney, Jinx Fairchild, Mr. and Mrs. Savage, Alan Savage
- Genres: Long fiction, Novel
- Subjects: 1950's, Civil rights, 1960's, United States or Americans, Racism, Crime or criminals, Murder or homicide, Gender roles, Violence, War, Photography or photographers, Blood, Sports
- Locales: United States, New York, North America
Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart is divided into three parts and an epilogue. With the exception of the omniscient perspective of part 1, the narrative is presented from the third-person point of view, allowing Oates to explore the perspectives of many different characters.
Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart explores the impact of race and class on the formation of identity in America. Oates uses four families to illustrate this: the poor white Garlocks, the struggling black Fairchilds, the ambitious working-class...
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