Rites of Desire in “Covert Joy.”

The class analyzes in detail the short story “Covert Joy,” from the volume of the same name published in 1971, by exploring layers of meanings that are simultaneously concealed and revealed by the language game. Envy, fantasy, power, and desire construct a secret and covert intrigue. Other short stories, such as “Remnants of Carnival,” “One Hundred Years of Forgiveness,” and “The Foreign Legion” complement the staged fictional figures. As will be seen, the writer is capable of disclosing latent and dangerous worlds in decisive rituals of initiation experienced by her characters.