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Fictions of Home

Narratives of Alienation and Belonging, 1850-2000

Martin Mühlheim

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Martin Mühlheim, Fictions of Home (2018), Narr Francke Attempto, 72070 Tübingen, ISBN: 9783772056376

Beschreibung

This study aims to counter right-wing discourses of belonging. It discusses key theoretical concepts for the study of home, focusing in particular on Marxist, feminist, postcolonial, and psychoanalytic contributions. The book also maintains that postmodern celebrations of nomadism and exile tend to be incapable of providing an alternative to conservative, xenophobic appropriations of home.
In detailed readings of one film and six novels, a view is developed according to which home, as a spatio-temporal imaginary, is rooted in our species being, and as such constitutes the inevitable starting point for any progressive politics.
[A] thoroughly impressive, productive and useful work. [... T]he writing is admirably lucid and engaging. Randall Stevenson, Professor of Twentieth-Century Literature, University of Edinburgh
[E]ach chapter is insightful and [... the] use of a very wide range of theorists to provide different angles of vision is deftly and impressively handled. Pam Morris, author of Realism (New Critical Idiom series) & Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf and Worldly Realism

Beschreibung

This study aims to counter right-wing discourses of belonging. It discusses key theoretical concepts for the study of home, focusing in particular on Marxist, feminist, postcolonial, and psychoanalytic contributions. The book also maintains that postmodern celebrations of nomadism and exile tend to be incapable of providing an alternative to conservative, xenophobic appropriations of home.
In detailed readings of one film and six novels, a view is developed according to which home, as a spatio-temporal imaginary, is rooted in our species being, and as such constitutes the inevitable starting point for any progressive politics.

Beschreibung

Martin Mühlheim ist wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Englischen Seminar der Universität Zürich.

Leseprobe

Inhaltsverzeichnis

  • BEGINN
  • Table of Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Prefatory Note
  • Introduction – Theories of Home
  • “Another Orphan”: Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick: or, The Whale
  • “Whom She Belongs To”: George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss
  • “The Majesty of England”: Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway
  • “Everybody Seemed to Have to Have a Home”: Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!
  • “People Still Living in the Derelict Houses”: Barker’s Union Street
  • “Saddened by a History We Knew Nothing About”: The Virgin Suicides
  • Conclusion – The End of Intellectual Nomadism
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Images

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