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Joyce Carol Oates

Date de naissance: 16. juin 1938

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Joyce Carol Oates, née le 16 juin 1938 à Lockport dans l'État de New York, est une femme de lettres américaine, à la fois poétesse, romancière, nouvelliste, dramaturge et essayiste. Elle a également publié plusieurs romans policiers sous les pseudonymes Rosamond Smith et Lauren Kelly.

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Citations Joyce Carol Oates

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„We all have numerous identities that shift with circumstances.“

— Joyce Carol Oates
Context: We all have numerous identities that shift with circumstances. The writing self is likely to be a highly private, conjured sort of being — you would not find it in a grocery store.

„Prose — it might be speculated — is discourse; poetry ellipsis.“

— Joyce Carol Oates
Context: Prose — it might be speculated — is discourse; poetry ellipsis. Prose is spoken aloud; poetry overheard. The one is presumably articulate and social, a shared language, the voice of "communication"; the other is private, allusive, teasing, sly, idiosyncratic as the spider’s delicate web, a kind of witchcraft unfathomable to ordinary minds. "'Soul at the White Heat': The Romance of Emily Dickinson’s Poetry," (Woman) Writer: Occasions and Opportunities (1988)<!-- E.P. Dutton -->

„I think that art is the commemoration of life in its variety.“

— Joyce Carol Oates
Context: I think that art is the commemoration of life in its variety. The novel, for instance, is “historic” in its embodiment in a specific place and time and its suggestion that there is meaning to our actions. Without the stillness, thoughtfulness and depths of art, and without the ceaseless moral rigors of art, we would have no shared culture — no collective memory. As it is, in contemporary societies, where so much concentration is focused on social media, insatiable in its myriad, fleeting interests, the “stillness and thoughtfulness” of a more permanent art feels threatened.

„My theory is that literature is essential to society in the way that dreams are essential to our lives.“

— Joyce Carol Oates
Context: My theory is that literature is essential to society in the way that dreams are essential to our lives. We can’t live without dreaming — as we can’t live without sleep. We are “conscious” beings for only a limited period of time, then we sink back into sleep — the “unconscious.” It is nourishing, in ways we can’t fully understand.

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