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p. Abstract | Text | Bibliography | Notes | References | About the author 1 The criticism on Bobbie Ann Mason’s fiction centers largely on the individual’s. “These stories will last,” said Raymond Carver of Shiloh and Other Stories when it was first published, and almost two decades later this Shiloh and Other Stories by Bobbie Ann Mason . “Mason is a full-fledged master of the short story. “These stories will last,” said Raymond Carver of Shiloh and Other Stories when it was first published, and almost two decades later this stunning.

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She attempts to transform herself in the face of change. Not only do Leroy and Norma Jean struggle with cultural change, they struggle with changes in each other.

The Return to Shiloh: Family and Fantasy in Bobbie Ann Mason’s “Shiloh”

I bpbbie eighteen again. Nor does she need to continue in a loveless marriage. Since Leroy is interested in building a log home, they go to see an old cabin in the park. It was clumsy of him to think Norma Jean would want a log house.

Issues All issues Forthcoming issues Browse Index Authors Studied authors. And shjloh real inner workings of a marriage, like most of history, have escaped him.

Leroy embraces tradition, but Norma Jean rejects it. He and Norma Jean.


Norma Jean also buys into the American Dream but lives an empty life. The physical and psychic losses which she experiences, however, function primarily as symptoms of an earlier, more profound, lack.

These details are selected out of a whole context and offered to us as lingering details, parts of a whole. After many years of seeing her husband so seldom, she is uncomfortable having him home all the time. Leroy is, like the rig, a random insignificant detail, a useless piece of old furniture. Similarly, in only 11 percent of Kentuckians had completed at least one year of college. They journey through wide expanses without ever finding a real sense of place.

Now Leroy sits in his house and makes needlepoint pillows. She works at a drug store and is confronted with cosmetics and beauty magazines promising to change her life. He will wad the bbbie into tight balls and fling them into the lake. Gext next day, Mabel and Jet visited the battleground, and then Norma Jean was born On one visit she becomes enraged when she discovers Norma Jean smoking a cigarette.

Shiloh and Other Stories by Bobbie Ann Mason | : Books

masob Strangelove, a movie in which the world is destroyed, their world was in a sense also destroyed. Leroy just happens to be watching the birds as he is thinking about Norma Jean in bed. You could get on at the lumberyard. Describing the close connection between fantasy and fetishism, Silverman writes: Mason herself is uncomfortable with labels.


Bobbie Ann Mason

This relationship of the individual to the family, moreover, has fairly recently become the primary focus of psychoanalytic semiotics, most notably bobhie the work of Kaja Silverman. Mason herself has commented many times on her concern with working-class people.

As she commented in an interview with Lila Havens, she is more interested in the changes her male characters undergo. Very quickly, Norma Jean and Leroy have a baby, a son, Randy.

Just as he idealizes Norma Jean, he idealizes the life-size log cabin that he wants to build for her. Although he is vaguely aware that a battle was fought there, he does not realize that it is the site of a Confederate defeat. This is the Kentucky in which Mason herself grew up.

Norma Jean is mortified that her mother has found out that she smokes and becomes increasingly unhappy with her life from this point on. A Journal of Contemporary Thought


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