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Tillie Olsen : a study of the short fiction

Author: Joanne S Frye
Publisher: New York : Twayne Publishers ; London : Prentice Hall International, ©1995.
Series: Twayne's studies in short fiction, no. 60.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the four pieces gathered in her 1962 collection, Tell Me a Riddle - "I Stand Here Ironing," "Hey Sailor, What Ship?" "O Yes," and the title piece - and in the 1970 story "Requa I," Olsen addresses the problem of how to interpret the experiences - or as she would call them, "life comprehensions"--Of those living outside the mainstream culture in a form - literature - whose very nature has been defined by that same
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Tillie Olsen; Tillie Olsen; Tillie Olsen; Tillie Olsen
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joanne S Frye
ISBN: 0805708634 9780805708639
OCLC Number: 31867463
Description: xvi, 232 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Part I: The short fiction --
Introduction --
"I stand here ironing" --
"Hey sailor, what ship?" --
"O yes" --
"Tell me a riddle" --
"Requa I" --
Conclusion: "Turning together"--reader, writer, and narrative form --
Part II: The writer: roots, sources, and circumstances: Tillie Olsen in conversation with Joanne Frye --
"I stand here ironing" --
"Hey sailor, what ship?" --
"O yes" --
"Tell me a riddle" --
"Requa I" --
Part III: The critics --
Critical voices in historical context --
Tillie Olsen and the common reader.
Series Title: Twayne's studies in short fiction, no. 60.
Responsibility: Joanne S. Frye.

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In the four pieces gathered in her 1962 collection, Tell Me a Riddle - "I Stand Here Ironing," "Hey Sailor, What Ship?" "O Yes," and the title piece - and in the 1970 story "Requa I," Olsen addresses the problem of how to interpret the experiences - or as she would call them, "life comprehensions"--Of those living outside the mainstream culture in a form - literature - whose very nature has been defined by that same culture. The result, writes Joanne Frye in this ambitious study of Olsen's short fiction, is a small body of work, with many layers densely packed, that conveys with lyricism and keen perception both the grace and the hardship inherent in people's daily lives.

Frye's assessment also includes a comprehensive survey of the scholarship on Olsen as it grew from a scattered, mostly positive response to her artistry in the politically conservative 1950s and early 1960s to a feminist outpouring as the women's movement took hold in the late 1960s and the 1970s. More recent studies of Olsen's work complement the earlier criticism with more direct investigations of its biographical and political underpinnings.

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