Joyce Carol Oates Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Joyce Carol Oates Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

There have been few writers to match Joyce Carol Oates for sheer numbers—her novels, plays, short stories, and poems appear to multiply by themselves on library shelves. Even though the curse of quantity is normally mediocrity, Oates consistently supplies a product of the highest quality, dense with meaning and filled with beautiful words and full-blown characters.

Oates’s poor, unimaginative characters typically ply their swords through a fogged-in existence inflicted on them by a fatalistic creator. They cannot escape from the miasma they must breathe, and so they are poisoned by it, confused by muddled thoughts in an unkind world. The characters finally become enraged by their situation and so do bloody battle to...

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