Chapter 5: Picaresque Subtexts and Contexts in Margaret Laurence's Narrative. A Generic and Socio-Historical Approach

January 2002
Selected Essays in English Literatures: British & Canadian;2002, p103
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The chapter presents a generic and socio-historical approach in dealing with the elements of the picaresque, subtexts and contexts, in the narratives written by Margaret Laurence. It comments on the semantic network of the word loon from Laurence's short story, The Loons, which appeared in the book A Bird in the House. It also comments on how Laurence ends her novel. Some elements of the picaresque in Laurence's narrative are identified based on the studies by Claudio Guillén, as collected in his Literature as System.


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