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date: 14 June 2024

Prose, Francinelocked

Prose, Francinelocked

  • Lani Wolf

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A sharp observer of the contemporary world, Francine Prose is known for her gifts of irony and wit. Often characterized as a “cultural satirist,” Prose addresses such charged subjects as political correctness, sexual harassment, feminism, and New Ageism. Though critics have described her work as “scathing,” “withering,” and “mocking”—“dark comedy” at its height—she remains a defender of humanity, addressing such topics as love and marriage, the difficulty of middle age and personal failure, and the search for spirituality, albeit misguided. Rendering her characters endearingly, she allows us to see ourselves, our own weaknesses, eccentricities, and foibles, within them; in her own words, “I do not find them guilty of anything that I am not guilty of myself.” Thus, her work may be perhaps more accurately described as “irony with heart.”

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  • North American Literatures

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