States of Perception and Personal Agency in Alice Munro’s "Dear Life"
Alice Munro's 2012 collection Dear Life offers a riveting meditation on states of perception throughout the life cycle in fictional and autobiographical contexts. Munro reaches beyond the typical adult processing of reality and takes readers into minds either developing or declining. Prominent in the collection are issues of being and consciousness, crucial to ontology and phenomenology respectively, as well as questions of self hood explored in autobiographical theory.
Marrone, C. (2017). States of perception and personal agency in Alice Munro's "Dear Life". The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, 50(2), 85-101. doi: 10.1353/mml.2017.0016