Ulysses is certainly the greatest novel in the English language, and one might argue for its being the greatest single work of art in our tradition. How significant, then, and how teasing, that this masterwork should be a comedy and that its creator should have explicitly valued the comic “vision” over the tragic …
From one of our most distinguished authors comes her most ambitious novel to date: an elaborate series of interlocking tales of six generations of the Bellefleur family and more than a century of American history.
The Buried Giant is a coolly orchestrated text in which ideas about human nature, human memory, and the vicissitudes of a war-tormented history constitute the essential drama …
You will not read a novel more enthralling, more moving, more unforgettably illumined by profoundly human truth than this story of the rise, the fall, and the ultimate redemption of an American family. That family is the Mulvaneys.
By Joyce Carol Oates Loretta Wendall, her daughter Maureen, and her son Jules are “them”—three characters held together by corroding hatred and mute love. “Them” are also the forces that […]
By Joyce Carol Oates foxfire revenge ! foxfire never says sorry ! foxfire burns & burns ! The time is the 1950s. The place is a blue-collar town in upstate […]
By Joyce Carol Oates “Amazingly gifted” was how The Times Literary Supplement recently described Joyce Carol Oates, and we would add “remarkably productive”—in 1984, not one but two of her works, the […]
Katherine Bastian Joyce Carol Oates’s Short Stories Between Tradition and Innovation Frankfurt am Main : Verlag P. Lang, 1983 Eileen Teper Bender Joyce Carol Oates: Artist in Residence Bloomington : Indiana University […]
Bearing Witness: Joyce Carol Oates Studies is a peer-reviewed, open-access scholarly journal focusing on the writing of Joyce Carol Oates and related subjects, with the goal of advancing knowledge of and […]
These manuscript images have been selected from the Joyce Carol Oates Papers in the Special Collections Research Center at the Syracuse University Libraries. Images were chosen for their intrinsic visual […]
This accounting of the Archive’s contents revealed that many of the accepted notions about this author’s work, and her work habits, were sheer nonsense, fabrications by critics and so-called “literary journalists” who had, for the past quarter-century, tirelessly speculated, complained and just plain gossiped about the phenomenon of “Oates.”
In The Lost Landscape, Joyce Carol Oates vividly re-creates the early years of her life in western New York State, powerfully evoking the romance of childhood and the way it colors everything that comes after.
Michael Krasny interviews Joyce Carol Oates about her novel The Sacrifice for KQED’s Forum. Identity politics suggests that we can only write about existing inside our own skin; the existentials […]