Rose by any other word: A textual study of the stories in Alice Munro's The Beggar Maid : Stories of Flo and Rose



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Texas Tech University


Eight of the short stories collected in Alice Munro's The Beggar Maid: Stories of Flo and Rose went through extensive revision between their original periodical publications and their publication in the book. The protagonist of each story is a girl/woman named Rose who has a stepmother named Flo, a brother Brian, and a father who died when she was a teenager. She grew up in poverty in Hanratty, Ontario. In the individual stories, the protagonist is always a female, but she is not always the Rose of the book. This study offers an in-depth discussion of the revisions made by Munro so that Rose appears to be the same person in all of the stories. Collation tables of the textual variants follow the individual discussions of each story.



Rose (Fictitious character : Munro), Munro, Alice. Who do you think you are?, Munro, Alice -- Criticism, Textual, Munro, Alice -- Characters -- Rose