This chapter explores the writing of Ali Smith from the late 1990s to the publication of How to be Both (2014). It concentrates primarily on her novels and short stories, though some attention is paid to her occasional writings. The chapter is broken into two broad generic sections, the first addressing her short stories together, the second her novels in chronological order. Each text is given close analytical study through formal, stylistic, and thematic critique, building to an overview of an author whose moral sense of duty for the care of the other is paradoxically set against her confusion at the impenetrability of that other’s being.
Keywords: Ali Smith, Short story, Hotel World, The Accidental, Girl Meets Boy, There But For The, How To Be Both, Other Stories and Other Stories, The Whole Story and Other Stories, The First Person and Other Stories
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