Louise Erdrich Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Louise Erdrich Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

In a 1985 essay “Where I Ought to Be: A Writer’s Sense of Place,” Louise Erdrich states that the essence of her writing emerges from her attachment to her North Dakota locale. The ways in which Erdrich has brought this region to literary life have been favorably compared by critics to the methods and style of William Faulkner, who created the mythical Yoknapatawpha County out of his rich sense of rural Mississippi. Like Faulkner, Erdrich has created a gallery of diverse characters spanning several generations, using multiple points of view and shifting time frames. Erdrich’s fiction further resembles Faulkner’s in that the experiences of her characters encompass a broad spectrum, ranging “from the mundane to the...

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