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Hanging On to Place: The Self-Reflexive Depths of Kelly Cherry's Fiction

Casey Clabough

in Inhabiting Contemporary Southern and Appalachian Literature

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780813041735
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813043944 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813041735.003.0008
Hanging On to Place: The Self-Reflexive Depths of Kelly Cherry's Fiction

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Just as Cherry relates a meta-artistic understanding of Garrett's work that has only become evident after decades of development, Chappell accurately has recognized that the shadow work or implied reflection in Cherry's work most often is herself or the circumstances of her life abstracted for the purposes of art and the narrative at hand. In this way, the person who is the writer places herself, or aspects of herself, in the work in such a manner as to confuse the lines between author, authorial persona, and creative art, yet doing so to the collective benefit of that art, which, at least for writers like Cherry, remains the chief pursuit and endgame of all meaningful writing.

Keywords: meta-artistic understanding; authorial persona; narrative

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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