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Joyce Carol Oates

Data de nascimento: 16. Junho 1938

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Joyce Carol Oates, também conhecida pelas suas iniciais "JCO" 16 de junho de 1938, é uma escritora norte-americana. É autora de algumas das obras de literatura mais significativas da atualidade. Agraciada com os prêmios norte-americanos National Book Award e o The Pen/Malamud Award for Excelllence in Shoort Fiction, é membro da Academia Americana de Artes e Letras e titular de cátedra na Universidade de Princeton, Nova Jersey, onde leciona desde 1978.

É tida por vezes como uma das personalidades favoritas ao prémio Nobel da Literatura, surgindo em diversas listas de finalistas veiculadas pela imprensa.

Oates publicou o seu primeiro livro em 1963 e desde então mais de quarenta livros, entre eles novelas e peças de teatro, e muitos volumes de pequenos contos, poesia e ensaio não ficcional. Foi muito premiada pela sua escrita, tendo vencido o National Book Award, pela sua novela them , dois prémios O. Henry, e uma National Humanities Medal. As suas obras de ficção Black Water , What I Lived For , e Blonde foram nomeadas para o Prémio Pulitzer.

Oates é professora na Princeton University desde 1978 e é presentemente a docente número 52 da cátedra Roger S. Berlind em humanidades, no programa de escrita criativa. Espera jubilar-se em 2014.

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„My theory is that literature is essential to society in the way that dreams are essential to our lives.“

—  Joyce Carol Oates
Context: My theory is that literature is essential to society in the way that dreams are essential to our lives. We can’t live without dreaming — as we can’t live without sleep. We are “conscious” beings for only a limited period of time, then we sink back into sleep — the “unconscious.” It is nourishing, in ways we can’t fully understand.

„Prose — it might be speculated — is discourse; poetry ellipsis.“

—  Joyce Carol Oates
Context: Prose — it might be speculated — is discourse; poetry ellipsis. Prose is spoken aloud; poetry overheard. The one is presumably articulate and social, a shared language, the voice of "communication"; the other is private, allusive, teasing, sly, idiosyncratic as the spider’s delicate web, a kind of witchcraft unfathomable to ordinary minds. "'Soul at the White Heat': The Romance of Emily Dickinson’s Poetry," (Woman) Writer: Occasions and Opportunities (1988)<!-- E.P. Dutton -->

„I think that art is the commemoration of life in its variety.“

—  Joyce Carol Oates
Context: I think that art is the commemoration of life in its variety. The novel, for instance, is “historic” in its embodiment in a specific place and time and its suggestion that there is meaning to our actions. Without the stillness, thoughtfulness and depths of art, and without the ceaseless moral rigors of art, we would have no shared culture — no collective memory. As it is, in contemporary societies, where so much concentration is focused on social media, insatiable in its myriad, fleeting interests, the “stillness and thoughtfulness” of a more permanent art feels threatened.

„We all have numerous identities that shift with circumstances.“

—  Joyce Carol Oates
Context: We all have numerous identities that shift with circumstances. The writing self is likely to be a highly private, conjured sort of being — you would not find it in a grocery store.

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