Lives of Girls and Women, a short story collection by Alice Munro (1971), as the title suggests, is a narrative of female experience as gathered in the adolescence of Del Jordan. With startling honesty, it recounts her early encounters with death, the problems posed by religion, and her growing awareness of romance and sexuality. The most remarkable characteristic of the novel is its ability to recapture the past (it is set for the most part in the 1940s) with remarkable skill, to examine some of the more vulgar experiences of sexuality and transform them into humour and art. While ostensibly set in a small town in western Ontario, the novel achieves a certain level of universality by modelling itself on the genre of the artist's novel, acquiring thereby an originality in Canadian letters by portraying the artist as a young woman.
- MLA 8TH EDITION
- Blodgett, E.D.. "Lives of Girls and Women". The Canadian Encyclopedia, 23 April 2014, Historica Canada. www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/lives-of-girls-and-women. Accessed 04 December 2023.
- APA 6TH EDITION
- Blodgett, E. (2014). Lives of Girls and Women. In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/lives-of-girls-and-women
- CHICAGO 17TH EDITION
- Blodgett, E.D.. "Lives of Girls and Women." The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. Article published February 07, 2006; Last Edited April 23, 2014.
- TURABIAN 8TH EDITION
- The Canadian Encyclopedia, s.v. "Lives of Girls and Women," by E.D. Blodgett, Accessed December 04, 2023, https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/lives-of-girls-and-women
Lives of Girls and Women
Article by E.D. Blodgett
Published Online February 7, 2006
Last Edited April 23, 2014