The Worlds of Carol Shields

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"Carol was a very fine writer and a remarkable human being, a wonderful person whose work I closely followed for more than 20 years. I interviewed her frequently over those years, with virtually every work she produced —novel, radio drama, play, book of stories. So I had a good sense of the span of her work and also her evolution as a stylist. But the key reason I wanted to make a book focusing on her life and work is that we were friends."
—Eleanor Wachtel

This book strikes the right balance between intimate accounts and literary analysis. It opens with reminiscences by close friend Eleanor Wachtel, which are followed by a study of Shields’ poetry by her daughter and grandson, then by various aspects of her fiction, including a detailed examination of her plays. It closes with reminiscences by four close friends: Jane Urquhart, Joan Clark, Wayson Choy and Martin Levin.

The 23 contributors offer new insights, new theories, and new perspectives about Shields’ illuminating career. Only one piece—her obituary written by Margaret Atwood—has been previously published.


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Date de parution 02 décembre 2014
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EAN13 9780776621852
Langue English

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The Dniversity of Ottawa Press acknowledges with gratitude the support it receives from Heritage Canada through the Canada Book Fund and Livres Canada Books, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Media evelopment Corporation (OMC), the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences through the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program, and especially that of the Dniversity of Ottawa.
Copy editing: Trish O’Reilly-Brennan Proofreading: Barbara Ibronyi Typesetting: Atelier Typo-Jane and CS Cover illustration and design: Bartosz Walczak
Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication
The worlds of Carol Shields / edited by avid Staines.
Includes bibliographical references. Issued in print and electronic formats. ISBN 978-0-7766-2206-4 (pbk.).--ISBN 978-0-7766-2186-9 (pdf).--ISBN 978-0-7766-2185-2 (epub)
1. Shields, Carol, 1935-2003--Criticism and interpretation. I. Staines, avid, 1946-, editor
PS8587.H46Z96 2014
C813’.54
©Dniversity of Ottawa Press, 2014 Printed in Canada
C2014-907212-0 C2014-907213-9
To the memory of Lorraine McMullen 192g–2003
Acknowledgements
Introduction DAVID STAINES
To the Light House MARGARET ATWOOD
Table of Contents
Art Is Making: Carol Shields in Conversation and Co rrespondence ELEANOR WACHTEL
The Square Root of a Clock Tick: Time and Timing in Carol Shields’s Poetry and Prose ANNE GIARDINI AND JOSEPH GIARDINI
All That “Below-the-Surface Stuff”: Carol Shields’s Conversational Modes CORAL ANN HOWELLS
Guilt, Guile, and Ginger inSmall Ceremonies ELIZABETH WATERSTON
Revisiting the Sequel: Carol Shields’s Companion No vels WENDY ROY
Bio-Critical Afterlives: Sarah Binks, Pat Lowther, and the Satirical Gothic Turn in Carol Shields’sSwann CYNTHIA SUGARS
Assembling Identity: Late-Life Agency inThe Stone AngelandThe Stone Diaries PATRICIA LIFE
Male-Pattern Bewilderment inLarry’s Party JOHN VAN RYS
Departures, Arrivals: Canada/United States Migratio ns and the Trope of Travel in the Fiction of Carol Shields ALEX RAMON
“To Be Faithful to the Idea of Being Good”: The Exp ansion to Goodness in Carol Shields’sUnless MARGARET STEFFLER
Narrative Pragmatism: Goodness in Carol Shields’sUnless TIM HEATH
Shields’s Guerrilla Gardeners: Sowing Seeds of Defiance and Care SHELLEY BOYD
Cool Empathy in the Short Fiction of Carol Shields MARILYN ROSE
The “Perfect Gift” and the “True Gift”: Empathetic Dialogue in Carol Shields’s “A Scarf” and Joyce Carol Oates’s “The Scarf” ELIZABETH REIMER
Prepositional Domesticity ARITHA VAN HERK
“Grand Slam”: Birthing Women and Bridging Generatio ns in Carol Shields’s Play Thirteen Hands NORA FOSTER STOVEL
Archives as Traces of Life Process and Engagement: The Late Years of the Carol Shields Fonds CATHERINE HOBBS
The Voices of Carol Shields JOAN CLARK
The Clarity of Her Anger JANE URQUHART
MySeen-Sang,Carol Shields: A Memoir of a Master Teacher WAYSON CHOY
Carol Shields MARTIN LEVIN
Contributors
Acknowledgements
hcial Sciences and Humanitiesis book originated in a conference funded by the So T Research Council of Canada. The editor gratefully a cknowledges the Council and its financial support. He also acknowledges the sup port and cooperation of the University of Ottawa Press and its director, Lara M ainville, its acquisitions editor, Dominike Thomas, and its production editor, Elizabe th Schwaiger. Three individuals deserve special tribute: Zachary Abram gave exemplary dedication to the plan ning and execution of the conference, including his superb skills as a comput er authority. Donald Shields gave his blessing to the planning of the original conference and supported its organization. The late Carol Shields wrote the fiction and non-fi ction, the poetry and plays behind these essays. Without her, there would not be this book.
David Staines