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Home Matters : Longing and Belonging, Nostalgia and Mourning in Women's Fiction - R. Rubenstein

Home Matters

Longing and Belonging, Nostalgia and Mourning in Women's Fiction

Hardcover Published: 8th March 2001
ISBN: 9780312238759
Number Of Pages: 210

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Despite its typically regressive associations with homesickness, nostalgia may also function progressively by imaginatively securing, and mending or repairing the past. Looking at fiction by British and American women writers of different generations and ethnicities, Rubenstein explores tensions between home and exile, insider and outsider, longing and belonging, loss and recovery, mourning and emotional resolution. She argues that nostalgia is a strategy for interrogating not only notions of home, homesickness, and homeland but also cultural or historical dislocation, aging, and moral responsibility. These narratives address a concern in contemporary women's experience: personal and/or cultural displacement are restored--imaginatively, at least--by a vision of healing and emotional repair.

'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

Acknowledgments
Home Matters: Longing and Belongingp. 1
Is Mother Home?
Yearning and Nostalgia: Fiction and Autobiographical Writings of Virginia Woolf and Doris Lessingp. 13
Displacements of/from Home
Home is (Mother) Earth: Animal Dreams, Barbara Kingsolverp. 37
Home/lands and Contested Motherhood: The Bean Trees and Pigs in Heaven, Barbara Kingsolverp. 53
Inverted Narrative as a Path/Past Home: How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, Julia Alvarezp. 65
Midlife Nostalgia and Cultural Mourning
Home/sickness and the Five Stages of Grief: Ladder of Years, Anne Tylerp. 81
Home(e)age to the Ancestors: Praisesong for the Widow, Paule Marshallp. 95
Haunted Longing and the Presence of Absence: Jazz, Toni Morrisonp. 111
Nostalgia for Paradiase
Memory, Mourning, and Maternal Triangulations: Mama Day, Gloria Naylorp. 127
Amazing Grace and the Paradox of Paradise: Paradise, Toni Morrisonp. 141
Fixing the Past, Re-Placing Nostalgiap. 159
Notesp. 167
Works Citedp. 195
Indexp. 205
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ISBN: 9780312238759
ISBN-10: 0312238754
Series: St Martins Press
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 210
Published: 8th March 2001
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1