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Ch 4: Canadian Literature & Authors

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This chapter helps students review the concepts in a Canadian literature and authors unit of a standard world literature course. Topics covered include:

  • The life, work and accomplishments of author Alice Munro
  • Summaries of Munro's short story collections, including Dear Life, Runaway, Too Much Happiness, The Beggar Maid, Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage, Friend of My Youth, Dance of the Happy Shades, The Love of a Good Woman, Family Furnishings and Lives of Girls and Women
  • ''Boys and Girls'', ''How I Met My Husband'' and ''Voices''
  • ''The Bear Came Over the Mountain'', ''Open Secrets'' and ''Passion''
  • ''Red Dress'', ''Miles City, Montana'' and ''Wild Swans''
  • ''The Moons of Jupiter'', ''Carried Away'' and ''Train''
  • ''Amundsen'', ''Walker Brothers Cowboy'' and ''Gravel''
  • ''Vandals'', ''The Office'' and ''An Ounce of Cure''
  • ''Fits'', ''Royal Beatings'' and ''Wenlock Edge''
  • ''Corrie'' and ''Away from Her''

37 Lessons in Chapter 4: Canadian Literature & Authors
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Alice Munro: Books & Short Stories

1. Alice Munro: Books & Short Stories

Award-winning author Alice Munro is the first Canadian writer to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. This lesson will introduce you to her background, books, short stories, and literary awards.

Alice Munro: Biography, Quotes & Nobel Prize

2. Alice Munro: Biography, Quotes & Nobel Prize

This lesson offers a biographical overview of short story writer and Nobel Prize winning author Alice Munro, as well as some of Munro's important quotations.

Dear Life by Alice Munro: Summary & Quotes

3. Dear Life by Alice Munro: Summary & Quotes

Alice Munro, a prominent short story writer, has compiled 14 stories in her collection, 'Dear Life.' Yet, the lives that she constructs, the stories that she sculpts, and the quotes that she displays let us know that life differs for us all. In this lesson, learn about the stories, the collection, and the quotes that inspire us, teach us, and enlighten us.

Boys and Girls by Alice Munro: Summary & Analysis

4. Boys and Girls by Alice Munro: Summary & Analysis

This lesson will provide a summary of the short story 'Boys and Girls' (1968) by the Nobel Prize winning author Alice Munro and analyze some of the story's central ideas.

Alice Munro's Runaway: Summary & Analysis

5. Alice Munro's Runaway: Summary & Analysis

Alice Munro's 'Runaway' is about a young woman who struggles to forge her own identity and place in the world and takes dire measures to figure it out. In this lesson, we'll summarize and analyze this suspenseful short story.

How I Met My Husband by Alice Munro: Summary, Themes & Quotes

6. How I Met My Husband by Alice Munro: Summary, Themes & Quotes

Everyone has a story about how they met their love. So does Edie, the main character of Alice Munro's 'How I Met My Husband.' In this lesson, you will learn more about Edie's plight while discovering the various themes Munro has neatly planted into her story.

Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro: Summary & Analysis

7. Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro: Summary & Analysis

The short story 'Too Much Happiness' by Alice Munro is based on the life of Russian mathematician Sophia Kovalevsky; it takes place in the final weeks of her life, but covers the rest of her life in flashbacks. This lesson summarizes and analyzes the plot of the story.

The Beggar Maid by Alice Munro: Summary & Analysis

8. The Beggar Maid by Alice Munro: Summary & Analysis

Alice Munro's 'The Beggar Maid' is about a working-class college undergraduate who finds herself the object of a wealthy graduate student's intense adoration---and allows it to run away with her. In this lesson, we'll summarize and analyze this intriguing short story.

Voices by Alice Munro Summary

9. Voices by Alice Munro Summary

This lesson will provide a summary of the short story ''Voices'' by Nobel Prize winning author Alice Munro. The story captures a particular moment in time in both the life of its narrator and the larger world.

The Bear Came Over the Mountain by Alice Munro: Summary & Analysis

10. The Bear Came Over the Mountain by Alice Munro: Summary & Analysis

'The Bear Came Over the Mountain' by Alice Munro is a intimate look into the life of an elderly man and his sacrifices for his wife. In this lesson, we will take a look at a summary and a brief analysis of the story. Read on to get the scoop.

Alice Munro's Open Secrets: Summary & Analysis

11. Alice Munro's Open Secrets: Summary & Analysis

''Open Secrets'', a collection of short stories written by Alice Munro, includes tales in which female characters are the primary focus. Love, and its imprint on many lives, is the central theme of this literary compilation.

Alice Munro's Passion: Summary & Analysis

12. Alice Munro's Passion: Summary & Analysis

Alice Munro tackles the idea of attraction and love in her short story ''Passion.'' In this lesson we will summarize the story and take a quick look at what she is saying just below the surface of the narrative.

Red Dress by Alice Munro: Summary & Analysis

13. Red Dress by Alice Munro: Summary & Analysis

What is 'Red Dress' by Alice Munro really about? Is there more to the story than the simple tale of a girl going to a dance? There is more, and in this lesson, we take a look at the surface story as well as the deeper meaning.

Miles City, Montana by Alice Munro: Summary & Meaning

14. Miles City, Montana by Alice Munro: Summary & Meaning

An interesting title and a real place, 'Miles City, Montana' is a short story from Alice Munro's book 'The Progress of Love'. In this lesson, we'll explore the events of the story and what the author meant in writing it.

Wild Swans by Alice Munro: Summary & Characters

15. Wild Swans by Alice Munro: Summary & Characters

Where is the line between real and imagined? In this story, you'll have to be the judge. This lesson will focus on summarizing Alice Munro's 'Wild Swans,' as well as meeting a few of the characters in the tale.

The Moons of Jupiter by Alice Munro: Summary & Analysis

16. The Moons of Jupiter by Alice Munro: Summary & Analysis

Alice Munro's 'The Moons of Jupiter' is about how the nature of family relationships can be clarified and magnified in a time of crisis. We'll summarize and analyze the plot of this short story.

Alice Munro's Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Summary & Analysis

17. Alice Munro's Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Summary & Analysis

Alice Munro's 'Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage' tells the story of six characters who affect one another's lives in surprising ways. This lesson summarizes the story and analyzes its lessons.

Carried Away by Alice Munro: Summary & Analysis

18. Carried Away by Alice Munro: Summary & Analysis

Alice Munro's short story 'Carried Away' follows the simple yet complex life experiences of protagonist Louisa, weaving a tale of expectations and realities. Read this lesson to learn more about this short story.

Train by Alice Munro: Summary & Analysis

19. Train by Alice Munro: Summary & Analysis

This lesson will provide a summary of the short story 'Train' by Nobel Prize-winning author Alice Munro. It also provides an analysis of the characters' relationship to each other and the trains that appear throughout their lives.

Amundsen by Alice Munro: Summary & Themes

20. Amundsen by Alice Munro: Summary & Themes

The protagonist of Alice Munro's ''Amundsen'' thinks she's found love in a bleak and lonely part of Canada---until everything mysteriously falls apart. We'll summarize this short story and discuss its themes.

Alice Munro's Walker Brothers Cowboy: Summary & Characters

21. Alice Munro's Walker Brothers Cowboy: Summary & Characters

Part of her short story collection,'~'Dance of the Happy Shades,'~' the piece titled '~'Walker Brothers Cowboy'~' tells the story of a traveling salesman in a struggling economy. In this lesson, we'll look more closely at Alice Munro's story.

Alice Munro's Walker Brothers Cowboy: Analysis & Themes

22. Alice Munro's Walker Brothers Cowboy: Analysis & Themes

Alice Munro's 'Walker Brothers Cowboy' is about the narrator's childhood and glimpse into her father's past during the Great Depression. We'll summarize this enigmatic short story and discuss its themes.

Alice Munro's Friend of My Youth: Summary & Analysis

23. Alice Munro's Friend of My Youth: Summary & Analysis

Alice Munro's 'Friend of My Youth' in the short story collection by the same name, tells a tale about the changing ideals of each generation. In this lesson, we'll take a closer look at the plot of the story and analyze its meaning.

Alice Munro's Gravel: Summary & Themes

24. Alice Munro's Gravel: Summary & Themes

This lesson will provide a summary of the short story ~'Gravel~', published in 2011 by Nobel Prize-winning author Alice Munro and give an overview and analysis of some of its major themes.

Alice Munro's Vandals: Summary & Analysis

25. Alice Munro's Vandals: Summary & Analysis

These vandals definitely have ~'Open Secrets.~' In this story, you'll find out what those secrets are as we summarize the Munro short story, ~'Vandals,~' and find out what causes two adults to act in such a shocking way.

Alice Munro's Dance of the Happy Shades: Summary & Criticism

26. Alice Munro's Dance of the Happy Shades: Summary & Criticism

'Dance of the Happy Shades', a collection of short stories by Alice Munro, discusses the forbidden freedoms that women exercise in spite of society's expectations. Courageously, they explore life beyond the constraints of their gender.

Alice Munro's The Office: Summary & Analysis

27. Alice Munro's The Office: Summary & Analysis

Finding an office would surely solve all the narrator's problems, right? Hold on, not so fast. In this lesson, we'll take a closer look at Alice Munro's short story, ~'The Office,~' about a writer looking for solitude.

An Ounce of Cure by Alice Munro: Summary & Analysis

28. An Ounce of Cure by Alice Munro: Summary & Analysis

Have you ever had to learn a lesson the hard way? In 'An Ounce of Cure' by Alice Munro, we meet a narrator struggling through the naivety of the teenage years. In this lesson, we'll summarize her story.

An Ounce of Cure by Alice Munro: Themes & Literary Devices

29. An Ounce of Cure by Alice Munro: Themes & Literary Devices

This lesson will identify some major themes in the short story 'An Ounce of Cure' by Nobel Prize-winning author Alice Munro and examine how Munro uses literary devices to develop these themes.

Fits by Alice Munro: Summary & Analysis

30. Fits by Alice Munro: Summary & Analysis

When was the last time you threw a 'fit' or tried to 'fit' in? There are so many uses for the word 'fit,' a worthy title for this Alice Munro short story. In this lesson, we'll summarize the piece and analyze its meaning.

The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro: Summary & Analysis

31. The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro: Summary & Analysis

How might secrets tie together total strangers? In the story, ~'The Love of a Good Woman,~' you'll find out! In this lesson, we'll summarize the tale and take a deeper look at the behind-the-scenes analysis.

Alice Munro's Royal Beatings: Summary & Analysis

32. Alice Munro's Royal Beatings: Summary & Analysis

Iconic Canadian short story writer Alice Munro tells the complex story of the relationship between Rose and her step-mother Flo. Flo's words form the script that follows Rose through life.

Wenlock Edge by Alice Munro: Summary & Analysis

33. Wenlock Edge by Alice Munro: Summary & Analysis

''Wenlock Edge'' is a twisty tale of deception and betrayal that asks, ''Can you ever really know a person?'' In this lesson, we'll summarize the Alice Munro story and analyze what the author is trying to convey.

Family Furnishings by Alice Munro: Summary & Analysis

34. Family Furnishings by Alice Munro: Summary & Analysis

Alice Munro's 'Family Furnishings' is about how relationships with family members change and evolve as we grow up and develop an identity independently from them. We will summarize and analyze this coming-of-age short story.

Alice Munro's Lives of Girls and Women Summary

35. Alice Munro's Lives of Girls and Women Summary

Referred to as a collection of short stories with the characteristics of a novel, Alice Munro's 'Lives of Girls and Women' is a moving statement of the value of the observant female.

Corrie by Alice Munro: Summary & Analysis

36. Corrie by Alice Munro: Summary & Analysis

Is it all about the love or all about the money? You decide. In this short story by Alice Munro, we meet the title character ~'Corrie~' and learn more about her illicit love affair with a married man named Howard.

Alice Munro's The Bear Came Over the Mountain Summary

37. Alice Munro's The Bear Came Over the Mountain Summary

''The Bear Came Over the Mountain'', by Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro, is a story of love, its often difficult duties, and four people whose paths cross in unexpected venues.

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