Please use the following questions as a starting point for your response to the Judy Budnitz story “Where We Come From”. You don’t need to answer all of the questions, or even answer any of them in full, but please keep your response focused and relevant.
- How is defamiliarization at work in this story? What familiar things does Budnitz make strange, and how? What effect does this have?
- This story is, in many ways, very close to reality, but it’s decidedly not realist fiction. How does Budnitz accomplish this movement between the quite plausible setting of this piece and the fantastical events that take place?
- What role does narrative distance play in this piece? Whose thoughts does the narrator have access to, and whose not? How close is the narrator to those characters’ thoughts? What does the narrator’s position relative to the characters allow Budnitz to do that she might have more difficulty doing with a different kind of narrator?