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Joyce Carol Oates

Datum narození: 16. červen 1938

Joyce Carol Oatesová je americká spisovatelka, básnířka a dramatička.

Za novelu them získala roku 1969 National Book Award, na niž byla k tomu ještě osmkrát nominována. Třikrát byla rovněž nominována na Pulitzerovu cenu, nikdy ji však nezískala. Napsala přes 80 knih, některé navíc pod pseudonymy Rosamond Smith a Lauren Kelly. Její kniha Foxfire byla roku 1996 zfilmována.

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

—  Joyce Carol Oates

Kontext: 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.

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

—  Joyce Carol Oates

Kontext: 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.

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

—  Joyce Carol Oates

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Kontext: 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.

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

—  Joyce Carol Oates

Kontext: 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.

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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