Out of Eden: Oates's Upon the Sweeping Flood

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Summer 1994


The article informs that Joyce Carol Oates' early stories compiled in the book "Upon the Sweeping Flood," articulate forcefully the complex but notably consistent world-view that governed Oates' later literary works. The stories in the book published in 1966 summed up her early work, mostly set in the hardbitten, Northern rural area named Eden County, as well as the distinctively violent yet compassionate vision that would inform her later fiction. Several stories in the book show Oates extending her vision outside the confines of Eden County to encompass a broad range of contemporary experience.

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