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Joyce Carol Oates "Three Girls"
Transcript of Joyce Carol Oates "Three Girls"
Autumn Campbell, M.A.
3 May 2012 Joyce Carol Oates Born June 16, 1938 in Lockport, New York
She grew up on her parents' farm, outside the town and attended a one classroom school house
Contributed to her high school newspaper
Began writing at age 14
Won a scholarship to Syracuse University
Received her M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1961
Published her first book in 1963
Principal Works- children and young adult literature, drama, long and short fiction, poetry, etc Syracuse University
Winner of short story contest
Oates was valedictorian of her graduating class by Joyce Carol Oates June 16, 1938- Three Girls Setting Time and Place, Social & Physical environment
In Strand Used Books on Broadway and Twelfth one snowy March early evening in 1956 This is a story of two NYU girls who consider themselves poets. They go into a used bookstores on a snowy evening in 1956. As they browsed through the store, one spots a women who they end up thinking is Marilyn Monroe. She disguised herself as a man. Soon, they gave up looking at books and followed her around the store. She seems to be unnoticed in the crowds as she browsed and picked out books. Marilyn seems to panic when it is time to pay for the books, and the two girls step in and offer the pay for them for her. She lets them and waits outside. In the end she never speaks to them, but hands them a book of poetry as a thank you. Joyce Carol Oates has written 56 novels, over 30 collections of short stories, eight volumes of poetry, plays, innumerable essays and book reviews 1968: M. L. Rosenthal Award, National Institute of Arts and Letters - A Garden of Earthly Delights
1970: National Book Award - them
1973: O. Henry Award - "The Dead"
1990: Rea Award for the Short Story
1996: Bram Stoker Award for Novel - Zombie
1996: PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Art of the Short Story
2002: Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award
2003: Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement
2005: Prix Femina Etranger - The Falls
2006: Chicago Tribune Literary Prize
2010: National Humanities Medal
2011: Honorary Doctor of Arts, the University of Pennsylvania While studying in Wisconsin she met Raymond J. Smith in 1961
Married after just three months. In 1962, the couple settled in Detroit, Michigan
Oates taught at the University of Detroit
Her husband died in 2008 of complications from pneumonia Joyce Carol Oates moved to Princeton, New Jersey
She is now a professor of creative writing program at Princeton University where she has taught since 1978 by Joyce Carol Oates (2002) Three girls
two girls are "normal" and the other girl Marilyn Monroe Characters Point of View First/ Second person narrator
Narrator is telling the story as if she is writing the story as a letter to her friend lyrical style
Verbal irony - to reveal their homosexuality?
"I kissed you for the first time" (Oates 370)
The author ends her story in a mellow tone Symbol The sexiest female of the twentieth century Conclusion (2002) "Three Girls" Biography Joyce Carol Oates -
On Writing Characters (5 min) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgJ809QKmas Style Tone & Question? Marilyn Monroe Great details and a lot of descriptive language Plot Theme Language, Exposition Rising Action Climax Falling Action Falling Action Resolution The seven literary elements in the story Powerful Very well