Journals Higher Education



Published: 31 August 2014

240 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719089596

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Making home

Orphanhood, kinship and cultural memory in contemporary American novels

Maria Holmgren Troy, Elizabeth Kella, and Helena Wahlström

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 literary genres
  • Combining social and textual analysis of both popular and critically acclaimed novels, the study is easily incorporated into various teaching contexts, including American studies, multi-ethnic literatures, gender studies and childhood studies
  • Crucial for thinking about current challenges to fundamental US ideologies of independence, self-reliance and progress toward the "American dream"
  • Offers an essential update to previous studies of literary orphanhood in earlier periods and specific genres, and complements scholarship in adoption studies