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Feminist escape in james joyce's dubliners and alice ...

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In flight: feminist escape in james joyce's dubliners and alice munro's runaway. the quest to “ascend through the roof and fly away to another country” ...
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1In Flight: Feminist Escape in James Joyce’s Dubliners and Alice Munro’s RunawayThe quest to “ascend through the roof and fly away to another country” (Joyce 43), inwhich a character can escape the entrapments of social constraints and craft a deeper sense ofself, becomes a frequent narrative within James Joyce’s early 20th-century Dubliners and AliceMunro’s early 21st-century Runaway. Both short story collections represent female characters’escapes and failed escapes. I compare the feminist quests portrayed in Joyce’s short story“Eveline”, and Alice Munro’s stories “Runaway” and “Passion”, focusing on depictions of‘escape’ and ‘quest narratives’ to analyze the various and dynamic ways in which femalecharacters attempt to depart from crippling social expectations in search of self-knowledge andauthentic identity. Escapes within Dubliners and Runaway vary, though both collectionscontribute to the advancement of the feminist quest narrative with focalization through femalecharacters and ...