When Canadian Alice Munro was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2013, she had already declared her resignation from the post of short story writer with the publication of her 2012 collection Dear Life. The present volume offers a critical analyses of Alice Munro's complete final short story collection. The contributions exercise in-depth close readings of each individual story and situate them in Munro's lifetime oeuvre as well as in her work's critical reception to date. Fourteen young scholars set out to show how complex, irritating, disturbing and enchanting Munro's stories are, and how often all that counts is to hold life dear - or to hold on for (dear) life.
Eva-Sabine Zehelein is currently acting Chair of American Studies at the University of Regensburg. In 2013, she was Visiting Professor at the University of Alberta with a research project on Alice Munro.