Joyce Carol Oates  

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"The grotesque always possesses a blunt physicality that no amount of epistemological exegesis can exorcise. One might define it, in fact, as the very antithesis of "nice."--Haunted: Tales of the Grotesque (1994) by Joyce Carol Oates

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Joyce Carol Oates (born June 16 1938) is an American author. She writes in the tradition of gothic fiction, in such novels as Bellefleur, A Bloodsmoor Romance and short story collections such as Night-Side. Sexual violence is a central theme in Oates's work, noted in works such as Rape: A Love Story. When once asked why her writing is so violent, Oates remarked that the question is always sexist. "The serious writer, after all, bears witness." She is a connoisseur of the grotesque. In Haunted: Tales of the Grotesque (1994) she defined that sensibility as the antithesis of "nice."

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