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Unformatted text preview: Karen Joy Fowler attended Berkeley and U.C. Davis, getting degrees in political science and North Asian studies. The title of Fowler’s first anthology of short stories, Artificial Things (1986), and the full title of the second Fowler story we’re reading, is taken from a line in a poem by Wallace Stevens, “Notes toward a Supreme Fiction.” Like many of Stevens’s poem, this one is about the relation between the imagination and reality. The line between the two often blurs in Stevens’s poetry, as the poet’s mind orders and interprets the world around him. This blurring of reality and imagination happens in several Fowler stories as well. Here is the excerpt from Stevens’s poem: …He sat in the park. The water of The lake was full of artificial things, Like a page of music, like an upper air, Like a momentary color, in which swans Were seraphs, were saints, were changing essences....
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This note was uploaded on 06/14/2011 for the course ENG 285 taught by Professor Vanderborg during the Spring '11 term at South Carolina.
- Spring '11