Wish I Was There: Economies of Communication in Annie Proulx’s Postcards and “Brokeback Mountain”

Brindle, Kym (2018) Wish I Was There: Economies of Communication in Annie Proulx’s Postcards and “Brokeback Mountain”. In: Loschnigg, Maria and Schuh, Rebekka (eds). The Epistolary Renaissance A Critical Approach to Contemporary Letter Narratives in Anglophone Fiction. Anglia Book Series (62). De Gruyter, Berlin/Boston, pp. 107-124. ISBN 973-3-11-058481-3

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Annie Proulx exploits the narrative possibilities of the picture postcard in the novel Postcards (1993) and in the celebrated short story “Brokeback Mountain” (1999). Ideas of place, landscape, journeying, and longing for home are encapsulated in picture postcards that symbolise geographic distance and emotional alienation. Postcards, freighted with extra-textual meaning derived from picture and place, symbolise spatial and emotional distance between sender and addressee: they are testimony to restless fragmented lives on the road. Proulx exploits structural irony with messages that symbolise the inescapable pull of home and a need to connect whilst remaining largely empty of any truth of experience. Avoidance and liberation from conventions of epistolary exchange are necessary functions for Proulx’s regional narratives of exile and alienation.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: English Language & Literature
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2018 11:04
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/10706

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