Where can I find critical articles or essays about Arnold Friend representing Satan in "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been"?
I am writing a 1-3-1 style essay an would like to explore the association of Arnold Friend with Satan. However, I am having a hard time finding research through essays and critical articles to back up my thesis. The one article I found was written by a Joyce Wegs but I also can't find any of her credentials. So if anyone out there has any tips they would be greatly appreciated!
Your best bet is to go to a library with subscriptions to databases and journals; a lot of information is on the internet, but most of the best information out there isn't free.
Having said that, you can also still seach on the internet. Rather than using a simple Google seach, use Google Scholar. It's an opton in the pull down item "More," the last item along the row of links along the top of the page. (I've also put the URL in the first link; see below.) If, in Google Scholar, you type in some key words, such as
"arnold friend" satan
you'll come up with some good results that you can probably access from any computer, for free. (The quotation marks around the character's name tells the search engine to look for those two words occuring together.)
The first item that comes up (see the second link below) may be especially useful to you. This article "Connie's Tambourine Man..." is a response to Wegs' article about Arnold Friend being Satan. Check the other results that come up, as many of them may prove useful to you, too.
So what's the good in finding an article that contradicts what you want to argue? Well, this new information may encourage you to reevaluate your argument. You may also choose to continue with your original argument and, in your essay, meet some of the opponents' main arguments with counter-arguments of your own. Or you may find some sort of compromise between the two positions.
And as for Joyce Wegs? She's very well known in academic publications on Joyce Carol Oates. Her name comes up again and again in bibliographies and her publications are frequently quoted. You can search Google Scholar for her name; if you do, though, either don't put quotation marks around her name or do two searches, one with "joyce wegs" and one with "joyce m. wegs" (she uses her middle initial in at least some publications).
Good luck! Let me know if you have any further questions about locating online resources!