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Imagining Adoption
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Imagining Adoption looks at representations of adoption in an array of literary genres by diverse authors including George Eliot, Edward Albee, and Barbara Kingsolver as well as ordinary adoptive mothers and adoptee activists, exploring what these writings share and what they debate. Marianne Novy is Professor of English and Women's Studies, University of Pittsburgh.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction: Imagining Adoption
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Adoption and the "Improvement of the Estate" in Trollope and Craik
  2. pp. 17-33
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  1. Adoption in Silas Marner and Daniel Deronda
  2. pp. 35-56
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  1. Outlaws, Outcasts, and Orphans: The Historical Imagination and Anne of Green Gables
  2. pp. 57-81
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  1. Redefining "Real" Motherhood: Representations of Adoptive Mothers, 1900–1950
  2. pp. 83-95
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  1. From Charlotte to the Outposts of Empire: Troping Adoption
  2. pp. 97-109
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  1. The Immaculate Deception: Adoption in Albee's Plays
  2. pp. 111-132
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  1. "I Am Your Mother; She Was a Carrying Case": Adoption, Class, and Sexual Orientation in Jeanette Winterson's Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
  2. pp. 133-149
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  1. A Junction of Amends: Sandra McPherson's Poetics of Adoption
  2. pp. 151-170
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  1. Adoption, Identity, and Voice: Jackie Kay's Inventions of Self
  2. pp. 171-191
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  1. Genealogy Revised in Secrets and Lies
  2. pp. 193-206
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  1. Natural Bonds, Legal Boundaries: Modes of Persuasion in Adoption Rhetoric
  2. pp. 207-229
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  1. "File It under 'L' for Love Child": Adoptive Policies and Practices in the Erdrich Tetralogy
  2. pp. 231-249
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  1. Adoption as National Fantasy in Barbara Kingsolver's Pigs in Heaven and Margaret Laurence's The Diviners
  2. pp. 251-266
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  1. Should Whites Adopt African American Children?: One Family's Phenomenological Response
  2. pp. 267-276
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  1. Incorporating the Transnational Adoptee
  2. pp. 277-299
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  1. Select Bibliography
  2. pp. 301-303
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 305-307
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 309-316
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