Atwood & Munroe
Both stories deal with the disappearance of a young girl in a Canadian landscape.
Setting, small town values, exploration of what happened.
Disappearance, mystery, and in the context of the narrative, there is no resolution in the stories.
Insinuation that Lois might have pushed her.
Atwood doesn't give enough evidence to conclude what happened with certainty.
It's a story about telling a story --> where it has a gap, it's ambiguous.
o In this sense it relates to Munroe's Open Secrets.
Heather Bell's disappearance
Might have drowned --> Mr. Citycup's actions are suspicious.
May have runaway --> her mother is painted badly.
Mary and Hubert and Theo Slater were suspicious.
Munroe reveals a ton of other "open secrets" about the community.
o This becomes the real core of the story.
Both stories become stories about telling stories, marked by mystery, ambiguity and
lack of resolution.
These stories can be thought of Meta-fictional or equally self-reflexive.
They call attention to the fictional status, and their compositional procedures.
They ask questions about storytelling and how it can be told.
Meta-fiction: fiction that is about fiction. Self-reflexive is kind of the
Make reference to themselves.
Both OS and DbL try to put together a narrative by asking us to find
the disappearance of young girls.
Death by Landscape -- Atwood
The landscape itself can be an antagonist, part of something as malevolent as death itself.
Nature is portrayed as invasive, trying to get into the human space of Lois' condominium.
o Condominium brings image of anti-natural, concrete, etc. --> symbolic that Lois chooses to
live somewhere like that.
Lois: isolates self from what is natural.
o Natural disorderliness --> shown in the descriptions of nature.
Lois feels a "wordless unease" at them (paintings).
Why does she want this feel this unease? -- Lucy disappears (279).
Lucy has to go to the bathroom and they go into the woods.