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Home Matters: Longing and Belonging, Nostalgia and Mourning in Women's Fiction
     

Home Matters: Longing and Belonging, Nostalgia and Mourning in Women's Fiction

by R. Rubenstein
 

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Despite its typically regressive associations with homesickness, the longing associated with nostalgia may also function progressively as a vehicle for imaginatively 'fixing' the past in two senses: securing and mending or repairing. Considering fiction by two British and six American women writers of different generations and ethnicities, this study explores

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Despite its typically regressive associations with homesickness, the longing associated with nostalgia may also function progressively as a vehicle for imaginatively 'fixing' the past in two senses: securing and mending or repairing. Considering fiction by two British and six American women writers of different generations and ethnicities, this study explores tensions between home and exile, insider and outsider, longing and belonging, loss and recovery. Rubenstein argues that nostalgia functions narratively as a strategy for interrogating not only notions of home, homesickness, and homeland but also cultural historical dislocation, aging, and moral responsibility. These narratives re-frame a significant locus of concern in contemporary (female) experience: personal and/or cultural dis-placement and longing for home are ultimately transmuted - imaginatively, at least - by a restorative vision that enables healing and emotional repair.

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'Rubenstein's grouping of texts and her focus on nostalgia, home, and homesickness make her book original, and her own close readings of texts are insightful. She is a distinguished scholar.' - Ruth Saxton, editor of The Girl

Ruth Saxton
Rubenstein's grouping of texts and her focus on nostalgia, home, and homesickness make her book original, and her own close readings of texts are insightful.
Booknews
A specialist in contemporary women's writing, Rubenstein (literature, American U.) looks at the work of two British and six American women writers of different generations and ethnicities to explore tensions between home and exile, insider and outsider, longing and belonging, loss and recovery. Nostalgia, she argues, functions narratively as a strategy for interrogating not only notions of home, homesickness, and homeland, but also cultural historical dislocation, aging, and moral responsibility. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312238759
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
03/08/2001
Edition description:
2001
Pages:
210
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

Meet the Author

Roberta Rubenstein is Professor of Literature at American Univesity and author of The Novelistic Vision of Doris Lessing: Breaking the Forms of Consciousness and Boundaries of the Self: Gender, Culture, Fiction.

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