Joyce Carol Oates’s prize-winning story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” takes up troubling subjects that continue to occupy her in her fiction: the romantic longings and limited options of adolescent women; the tensions between mothers and daughters; the sexual victimization of women; and the American obsession with

Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? Edited by Elaine Showalter
Editor: Elaine Showalter
Publisher: Rutgers UP
Year: 1994
Pages: 165

violence. Inspired by a magazine story about a serial killer, its remarkable portrait of the dreamy teenager Connie has made it a feminist classic. Connie’s life anticipates the emergence of American society from the social innocence of the fifties into the harsher contemporary realities of war, random violence, and crime. The story was the basis for the movie Smooth Talk, which became the subject of much feminist debate.

This casebook includes an introduction by the editor, a chronology of Oates’s life, an authoritative text of “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” an essay by Oates on Smooth Talk, the original Life article about the serial killer, ten critical essays (including two about the film), and a bibliography.

The contributors are Brenda O. Daly, Christina Marsden Gillis, Don Moser, Tom Quirk, B. Ruby Rich, R.J.R. Rockwood, Larry Rubin, Gretchen Schultz, Marie Mitchell Oleson Urbanski, Joyce M. Wegs, and Joan D. Winslow.


Contents

INTRODUCTION
Elaine Showalter

Chronology

“WHERE ARE YOU GOING, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?”
Joyce Carol Oates

BACKGROUND TO THE STORY

The Pied Piper of Tuscon: He Cruised in a Golden Car, Looking for the Action
Don Moser

“Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” and Smooth Talk: Short Story into Film
Joyce Carol Oates

CRITICAL ESSAYS

Existential Allegory: Joyce Carol Oates’s “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”
Marie Mitchell Oleson Urbanski

A Source for “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”
Tom Quirk

The Stranger Within: Two Stories by Oates and Hawthorne
Joan D. Winslow

“Don’t You Know Who I Am?”: The Grotesque in Oates’s “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”
Joyce M. Wegs

Oates’s “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”
Larry Rubin

In Fairyland, without a Map: Connie’s Exploration Inward in Joyce Carol Oates’s “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”
Gretchen Schultz and R.J.R. Rockwood

“Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”: Seduction, Space, and a Fictional Mode
Christina Marsden Gillis

Good Girls, Bad Girls
B. Ruby Rich

An Unfilmable Conclusion: Joyce Carol Oates at the Movies
Brenda O. Daly

Selected Bibliography
Permissions


Image: Proserpine by Dante Gabriel Rossetti


 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s