Joyce Carol Oates: Blonde (1890 words)

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Joyce Carol Oates’s novel Blonde is a fictional account of the life of the Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe and as such retains its importance today primarily as a portrait of American culture and specifically the roles of women within that culture. This novel is also studied and debated for the ways in which it has crafted fiction with non-fiction, and stylistically for its use of multiple points of view.

Blonde became a bestseller soon after publication and was later adapted into a television mini-series. The novel follows a form of writing that has marked much of Oates’s work, namely the fictionalising of contemporary American events, such as in her Pulitzer-Prize nominated novel Black Water (1992), …



Citation:
Trimarco, Paola. "Blonde". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 November 2015
[https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=12203, accessed 17 January 2018.]


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