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Loss of trust as disconnection in John Updike’s Trust me.

Duffy, Brian (2012) Loss of trust as disconnection in John Updike’s Trust me. E-rea: Revue électronique d?études sur le monde Anglophone. , 9 (2). ISSN 1638-1718

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While the title of John Updike’s short-story collection, Trust Me (1987), and the theme of betrayed trust of the first story (“Trust Me”) offer a thematic coherence to the collection, it would be restrictive to read the stories through the simple thematic filter of betrayed trust leading to weakened human attachments. Trust is given a wider articulation in the collection, that of a mode of connection for human beings to their world, their lives, and to others. The loss of trust for the protagonists in the stories, “The City” and “The Wallet,” is undergone as just such a loss of connection, engendering in both cases an existential disquiet. The article explores the nature of these existential crises, situating them within Updike’s wider deployment of the motif of the fall in his collection. The article goes on to consider the manner in which the existential theme of these two stories is informed by Updike’s own recurring existential unease, a reflection justified by the avowedly autobiographical dimension of his short fiction.

Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:John Updike; short stories; trust and connection; fall motif; existential crises; allegory; death; autobiographical influence
Subjects:Humanities > Literature
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies
Publisher:Laboratoire d'Etudes et de Recherche sur le Monde Anglophone (LERMA)
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Copyright Information:© 2012 LERMA
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:16913
Deposited On:23 Apr 2012 11:21 by Fran Callaghan. Last Modified 23 Apr 2012 11:21

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