Often when writers create fictional works of art, it is feasible that their background may have an influence on their writing. Alice Munro's 1971 novel Lives of Girls and Women, perhaps more than any other of her works, demonstrates the way in which the places of an artist's past emerge, consciously or unconsciously, in the creation of fictional stories.

Alice Munro was born and raised in Wingham, a small town in southwestern Ontario. To people who are familiar with this town, it is evident that there are many similarities between Munro's small town setting of Jubilee in Lives of Girls and Women and her hometown of Wingham. For example, the names of several streets and landmarks in Jubilee are the same as those found in Wingham.

This project in no way attempts to suggest that Munro's Jubilee is actually Wingham. Despite some physical similarities, Jubilee is clearly a fictitious town existing only in Munro's created world. The aim of this project was simply to link some specifics from Munro's fiction to the town of Wingham. Just as Alice Munro used fact as a springboard to create her fiction, this work uses her fiction to match actual landmarks found in Wingham.

 

 

 



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