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The Author: Jennifer Boyd graduated from the University of Iowa and received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Tulsa. She has taught at the University of Tulsa and Portland State University and is a former fiction editor of Nimrod. She currently teaches English at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, and lives in Portland with her husband, Clark, and daughter, Vanessa.
'Frank Norris: Spatial Form and Narrative Time' is a sophisticated analysis of the aesthetic consequences of Norris's early, serious training as a painter. In clear and compelling prose, Dr. Boyd goes beyond the half-dozen extant critiques of Norris as art student to lay out the temporal as well as spatial dimensions of his major fiction and literary theory. Her analyses of Norris's major fictions is deeply imbedded in Norris's Paris experiences as well as in the scholarship and criticism of Donald Pizer and Don Graham, both of whom Boyd challenges seriously. Boyd's study puts the question of the role of romance and art in America at the beginning of the twentieth century on a higher plane than it has previously occupied, with original and intelligent speculation and analysis. (Norman S. Grabo, The University of Tulsa)