Summary Of No Advantages By Alice Munro

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Dear, lady and gentlemen,
To write about the own life, is a popular topic in a wide range of media in Germany as well in Canada. For instance, the scholar Julia Rank uses the term “life-writing” to describe a broad genre in a Canadian context, including all types of factual literature which record life-stories as memoirs, diaries, letters. According to her, memoir becomes popular in Canadian literature in the late 1970s. She is even speaking of a “boom” in the context of biography. It is obvious that the increasing interest in “life writing” is related to an uncertainty about the own identity in the modern and post-modern age. Discussions about “narrative identity” or in that way identities are constructed indicates that identity is perceived as something constructed that bears similarity to literature. The noble-price winning Canadian author Alice Munro reflects this tendency in her short story “No Advantages” by depicting a protagonist who travels to Scotland to reconstruct the life-story of her ancestors. I will argue that her story leads the readers to think about the conditions of narrative identity as such. To conclude, I will come back to life writing in a Canadian context in more detail to shed light on the discussion to which Munro might react. Beforehand, I will give a short introduction to the work of Alice Munroe, and to her short story “No Advantages”.
Alice Munro was born 1931 in Wingham, a village in Ontario. The most of her works are also located in the rural
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