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Elizabeth Enright and the Family Story as Genre

From: Children's Literature
Volume 37, 2009
pp. 114-136 | 10.1353/chl.0.0811



Since its zenith in the mid-twentieth century, the family story has largely disappeared from critical discussion, partly because it has been treated as merely a form of realism. Elizabeth Enright’s Melendy books show that family stories are both more formulaic and more interesting aesthetically than a purely realist reading allows.