Mavis Gallant

by Mavis de Trafford Young

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Last Updated on May 8, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 97

As the number of expatriates in the world grows, writers are increasingly confronting the issue of cultural conflict. Marginal people, caught between native and adopted cultures, are currently the subject of much fiction. Mavis Gallant draws on her own experience in her native Canada and adopted France to depict characters caught in transit, people who are not only geographically, but psychologically and emotionally, aliens. More recently, she has explored the plight of post-World War II Germans. She has done so, however, in terms that cast as much light on the writing process as on her alienated characters.

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