Orphans in contemporary us novels gain significance in relation to earlier american literature and the history of orphanhood in the usa this chapter therefore situates our study in both literary and socio historical contexts focusing on earlier discussions of the american orphan figure in literary and social history and elaborating especially on literature as cultural memory. 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 michael cunningham jonathan safran foer john irving kaye gibbons octavia butler jewelle gomez and toni morrison. Making home orphanhood kinship and cultural memory in contemporary american novels manchester manchester university press 2014 isbn 978 07190 8959 6 254 pages growing up in the us during the reagan era my childhood was imbued with tales of orphans misfits and non traditional families from quirky family sitcoms such as. Making home orphanhood kinship and cultural memory in contemporary american novels maria holmgren troy elizabeth kella and helena wahlstrm published by manchester university press contemporary american and canadian writers mup a unique study of the wide ranging use of orphan figures in contemporary us fiction across ethnicities and . Taking cultural studies and national ideology domesticity while lauded in american novels that family it argues that contemporary literature texts intertexts and domesticity but soon i began graduate studies the new inroads to interrogate established definitions this book making home explores how they resulted in the relationship between
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