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A Summary and Analysis of Donald Barthelme’s ‘Rebecca’

‘Rebecca’ is a short story by the American writer Donald Barthelme (1931-89), whose work is sometimes labelled as ‘postmodernist’ (a label he was not entirely comfortable with, but which he accepted) and, occasionally, ‘metafiction’ (a label he was less happy with). Published in the New Yorker in 1975, ‘Rebecca’ is […]

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A Summary and Analysis of Amy Tan’s ‘Scar’

‘Scar’ is the story of An-mei Hsu, one of the inset tales included in Amy Tan’s 1989 book The Joy Luck Club. One of the shortest stories in the book, ‘Scar’ is largely plotless, and takes as its focus a Chinese-American woman’s memories of her childhood in China, where she […]