Joan Didion: An Overview
"The shockingly simple realization that lies at the heart of Didion is that what we say often travesties what we mean. Didion is a very good listener, and, at their best, her essays tear apart the assumptions of time and place: the 1960s, the 70s, American foreign policy, American electoral politics, the weakness of fashion and the Christian Right, and of small-town daydreams. . . . Loss has been her subject -- the loss of innocence, of illusions, of a better time -- and her argument is that, in storytelling, we make barriers to keep out the loss." --Daniel Swift
Historical and Cultural contexts
- "I" Versus "They": The Textual and Communal Self in Three Female Autobiographical Texts -- Joan Didion, Sara Sulkeri, and Annie Dillard
- Hunter Thompson and Joan Didion
- Authorial voice in Didion, Swift, and Wolfe
- London Girls, Hollywood Murders and Tinker Creek Frogs: The Symbolical Grotesque in Wolfe, Didion and Dillard
- "The World is a Monster": Grotesque Wisdom in Dillard, Suleri and Didion
- Narrative and storytelling
- Storytelling and Mini-narratives
- The Loss of Narrative as Theme in Joan Didion's White Album
- No Narrative or New Narrative in Didion's "The White Album"
- Joan Didion as Persphone and death as erotic in "The White Album"
- Didion's Contrast of Hollywood Scripts and Political Reality
- California and the artificiality of trying to live in a harsh environment
- "The White Album" as an objection to the California Experience
- Journalism, Context, and Technique
- Satiric Description in Didion's "Many Mansions"
- The "Mock Reader" in "In Bogota"
- Subjectivity and Puzzling Incidents in "The White Album"
- Didion's narrative style as a "cutting room experience"
- The scattered and overtly postmodern sensibility of "The White Album"
- "The White Album": historical fiction or journalism?
- Authorial voice in Joan Didion's Nonfiction
- Joan Didion's Reconciling Detachment and Emotion
- Breaking up the Flow of Narrative "The White Album"
Swift, Daniel. "Write me a River [Review of Didion's
Last modified 3 December 2006