Being in a mythic world

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1990
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Smith, Robert
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Always Coming Home, by Ursula K. Le Guin, is an unusual novel that at once relaxes, disturbs, and intrigues the reader. The reasons why are not easy to find; but I started with the assumption that Always Coming Home utilizes an authentic discourse, what I call "authentic feminine discourse" to emphasize the feminist slant on what it means to write outside patriarchal conventions as an authentic individual. This is not to be taken as an exhaustive study, nor as some kind of metanarrative that attempts to re-create the text in terms of this limited thesis. Even the claim of unification through feminine discourse is a purely synthetic construct on my part, though Le Guin would probably agree that this analysis is relevant to her project.

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Always Coming Home, by Ursula K. Le Guin, is an unusual novel that at once relaxes, disturbs, and intrigues the reader. The reasons why are not easy to find; but I started with the assumption that Always Coming Home utilizes an authentic discourse, what I call "authentic feminine discourse" to emphasize the feminist slant on what it means to write outside patriarchal conventions as an authentic individual. This is not to be taken as an exhaustive study, nor as some kind of metanarrative that attempts to re-create the text in terms of this limited thesis. Even the claim of unification through feminine discourse is a purely synthetic construct on my part, though Le Guin would probably agree that this analysis is relevant to her project.

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