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Making Home: Orphanhood, kinship, and cultural memory in contemporary American novels
Karlstads universitet.
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, English language.
Uppsala University.
2014 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Making Home explores the figure of the orphan child in a broad selection of contemporary US novels by popular and critically acclaimed authors Barbara Kingsolver, Linda Hogan, Leslie Marmon Silko, Marilynne Robinson, Michal Cunningham, Jonathan Safran Foer, John Irving, Kaye Gibbons, Octavia Butler, Jewelle Gomez and Toni Morrison. The orphan child is a continuous presence in US literature, not only in children’s books and nineteenth-century texts, but also in a variety of genres of contemporary fiction for adults. Making Home examines the meanings of this trope in the contexts of American literary history, social history and ideologies of family, race and nation. It argues that contemporary orphan characters function both as links to literary history and as figures around which authors can critique the limits of literary history, family identity and national belonging.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2014, 1. , 254 p.
Series
Contemporary American and Canadian Writers
Keyword [en]
American fiction, orphan, kinship, cultural memory
National Category
General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-24597Libris ID: 16737590ISBN: 978-0-7190-8959-6 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-24597DiVA: diva2:747606
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Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2014-09-17 Created: 2014-09-17 Last updated: 2014-10-07Bibliographically approved

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