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

Maria Holmgren Troy, Elizabeth Kella, and Helena Wahlström

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780719089596
eISBN:
9781781707289
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719089596.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

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 ... More


Eleanor H. Porter's Pollyanna: A Children's Classic at 100

Roxanne Harde and Lydia Kokkola (eds)

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9781628461329
eISBN:
9781626740723
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628461329.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Appearing first as a weekly serial in the Christian Herald, Eleanor H. Porter's Pollyanna was first published in book form in 1913. This popular story of an impoverished orphan girl who travels from ... More


“Then just being glad isn’t pro-fi-ta-ble?”: Mourning, Class, and Benevolence in Pollyanna

Roxanne Harde

in Eleanor H. Porter's Pollyanna: A Children's Classic at 100

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9781628461329
eISBN:
9781626740723
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628461329.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter engages with turn-of-the-century debates about benevolence and the orphan through a discussion of mourning and class in Pollyanna. As a novel in which nearly every character suffers from ... More


Literary kinships: Euro-American orphans, gender, genre, and cultural memory

Maria Holmgren Troy, Elizabeth Kella, and Helena Wahlström

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

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780719089596
eISBN:
9781781707289
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719089596.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter examines contemporary novels featuring white orphans that engage intertextually with the Euro-American canon, claiming a type of literary kinship, at the same time as they draw upon a ... More


Family matters: Euro-American orphans, the bildungsroman, and kinship building

Maria Holmgren Troy, Elizabeth Kella, and Helena Wahlström

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

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780719089596
eISBN:
9781781707289
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719089596.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter focuses on John Irving’s The Cider House Rules (1985), and Kaye Gibbons’s Ellen Foster (1987) and The Life All Around Me by Ellen Foster (2006), novels that remember earlier American and ... More


At home in the world? Orphans learn and remember in African American novels

Maria Holmgren Troy, Elizabeth Kella, and Helena Wahlström

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

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780719089596
eISBN:
9781781707289
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719089596.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter offers analyses of African American orphans in Octavia Butler’s Fledgling (2005), Jewelle Gomez’s The Gilda Stories (1991), and Toni Morrison’s A Mercy (2008). These writers employ ... More


Coda

Maria Holmgren Troy, Elizabeth Kella, and Helena Wahlström

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

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780719089596
eISBN:
9781781707289
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719089596.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

The coda of this study summarizes findings about the literary orphan figure in contemporary American novels. Through brief analyses of Tim Gautreaux’s The Missing (2009), Chang-Rae Lee’s The ... More


Lesser Friends

Josephine Nock-Hee Park

in Cold War Friendships: Korea, Vietnam, and Asian American Literature

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
June 2016
ISBN:
9780190257668
eISBN:
9780190257699
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190257668.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Chapter 1 presents popular midcentury American representations of the South Korean ally during the Korean War. It reads two contrasting portraits of an informal “service corps” of Korean civilians ... More


Inhuman Alliances: Chang-rae Lee’s The Surrendered

Josephine Nock-Hee Park

in Cold War Friendships: Korea, Vietnam, and Asian American Literature

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
June 2016
ISBN:
9780190257668
eISBN:
9780190257699
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190257668.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Chapter 4 reads Chang-rae Lee’s The Surrendered, an epic novel set during the Korean War that rewrites a critical scene of sympathy prominently featured during the war: the meeting between the war ... More


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