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As should be obvious, there is nothing that tethers an author to his or her particular age.  Logic has  not been abandoned post-Enlightenment, the attributes of individualism and connection to nature  that flourished in the Romantic Period has not come to an end.  Writers still use the intricate interplay of inner and outer life that is central to the modernist aesthetic.  And, more than any other type of  literature, Realism continues to have a great appeal to readers, because there are an infinite number of realities to convey in fiction. The talented realist does not simply transcribe what is seen, verbatim, or document events  chronologically.  Strategies of representation might involve mixing the time frame of events within a  story or novel, or choosing objects, phrases, devices such as letters, news articles, or songs as a  focus within the tale.  There is always the choice of what gets presented in a story and what is  (purposefully) left out. Realism helps us to contemplate realities experienced by others.  The contemporary realists chosen  for this reading shift us temporally to a time that, though within a century of ours, might as well be  called “ancient.”     Two stories take us into a consciousness of a narrator newly arrived to America,  and one of these stories explores sexual identity along with ethnic identity. Alice Munro has more than fourteen volumes of short stories published between 1968 and 2012,  having found that her milieu is the short story, despite having been encouraged early on to shift her  focus to novels.    Writes stories set almost exclusively in the area of her birth, Western Ontario.    Her  inventiveness and perceptiveness make her the chronicler of her age, and immensely rewarding to  read and to reread. Here are some reading prompts for “Walker Brothers Cowboy,” published in Munro’s first major collection, Dance of the Happy Shades (1968): - cowboy Plot Summary The story begins with the narrator describing a walk she takes with her father down to the banks of Lake Huron. They walk through town, passing the neighbor children, whom she does not know. They pass a deserted factory, a lumberyard, and junkyards. They enter a vacant lot that serves as a park where they sit and look at the water. Farther down, the narrator sees the part of the lake they used to visit before the family moved to Tuppertown from Dungannon . By the docks, instead of the farmers and their wives dressed in their Sunday best, they meet tramps, for whom her father rolls a cigarette. Her father tells her how the Great Lakes were formed, after the ice from the Ice Age retreated. The girl finds it impossible to imagine when this time existed—
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