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Making home: Orphanhood, kinship and cultural memory in contemporary American novels

Maria Holmgren Troy, Elizabeth Kella, and Helena Wahlström

Abstract

Making Home explores the orphan child as a trope in contemporary US fiction, arguing that in times of perceived national crisis concerns about American identity, family, and literary history are articulated around this literary figure. The book focuses on orphan figures in a broad, multi-ethnic range of contemporary fiction by Barbara Kingsolver, Linda Hogan, Leslie Marmon Silko, Marilynne Robinson, Michael Cunningham, Jonathan Safran Foer, John Irving, Kaye Gibbons, Octavia Butler, Jewelle Gomez, and Toni Morrison. It also investigates genres as carriers of cultural memory, looking particular ... More

Keywords: American novels, orphans, cultural memory, family, gender, genre, kinship, multiculturalism, national identity, race

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780719089596
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719089596.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maria Holmgren Troy, author

Elizabeth Kella, author

Helena Wahlström, author