sh.sePublications
1314151617181916 of 23
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • harvard-anglia-ruskin-university
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Matrophobia and Uncanny Kinship: Eva Hoffman’s The Secret
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education.
2018 (English)In: Humanities, ISSN 2076-0787, Vol. 7, no 4, article id 122Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Eva Hoffman, known primarily for her autobiography of exile, Lost in Translation: A Life in a New Language (1989), is also the author of a work of Gothic science fiction, set in the future. The Secret: A Fable for our Time (2001) is narrated by a human clone, whose discovery that she is the “monstrous” cloned offspring of a single mother emerges with growing discomfort at the uncanny similarities and tight bonds between her and her mother. This article places Hoffman’s use of the uncanny in relation to her understanding of Holocaust history and the condition of the postmemory generation. Relying on Freud’s definition of the uncanny as being “both very alien and deeply familiar,” she insists that “the second generation has grown up with the uncanny.” In The Secret, growing up with the uncanny leads to matrophobia, a strong dread of becoming one’s mother. This article draws on theoretical work by Adrienne Rich and Deborah D. Rogers to argue that the novel brings to “the matrophobic Gothic” specific insights into the uncanniness of second-generation experiences of kinship, particularly kinship between survivor mothers and their daughters.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. Vol. 7, no 4, article id 122
Keywords [en]
postmemory; matrophobic gothic; gothic science fiction; memory; mother-daughter relations; Holocaust history; second generation; survivor mothers; daughters of survivors
Keywords [sv]
gotik, minne, mor-dotter relationer, andra generation, förintelsen
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-36796DOI: 10.3390/h7040122Local ID: 2015/3.1./1364OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-36796DiVA, id: diva2:1264809
Projects
Remembering Poland and Eastern Europe: Nostalgia, Memory and Affect in Diasporic Women's Writing
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 2015/3.1./1364Available from: 2018-11-21 Created: 2018-11-21 Last updated: 2018-11-21Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

Matrophobia and Uncanny Kinship: Eva Hoffman’s The Secret(575 kB)8 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 575 kBChecksum SHA-512
83f0d7bf017499aed3de3504e807c19072b6d32251d122d94b98d2c3810dae18540b24779fcfca6c22f8868b416b3c88600e41b9685d358d306c789475a685f4
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

Other links

Publisher's full text

Authority records BETA

Kella, Elizabeth

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Kella, Elizabeth
By organisation
School of Culture and Education
Languages and Literature

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 8 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

doi
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

doi
urn-nbn
Total: 36 hits
1314151617181916 of 23
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • harvard-anglia-ruskin-university
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf