Carson McCullers Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Carson McCullers Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Carson McCullers’s fiction has a childlike directness, a disconcerting exposure of unconscious impulses in conjunction with realistic detail. She is like the candid child who announces that the emperor in his new clothes is really naked. She sees the truth, or a partial truth, of the human psyche, then inflates or distorts that truth into a somewhat grotesque fable that is sometimes funny but always sad.

Such a tragicomic effect derives, apparently, from an unusual openness to subconscious direction, combined with conscious cultivation of a style that best exploits such material, weaving into it just enough objectively observed reality to achieve plausibility. McCullers herself explained the technique by which she...

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