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In American literature, domestic fictions—that is, novels focused on the home and homemaking—are linked with white, middle-class women’s fiction and culture. Employing a spatial lens, Neodomestic American Fiction joins and extends other studies in redefining domestic fiction’s literary history and definition. Unlike previous redefinitions and reevaluations, Neodomestic American Fiction reads domestic novels alongside feminist geography and architectural history to map the links and disjunctions among a range of authors writing during the same period as well as across centuries and cultures. Kristin Jacobson’s attention to domestic geographies reveals that a new space and subgenre emerge in the 1980s: neodomestic fiction. In this innovative study, Kristin Jacobson identifies over thirty novels that renovate traditional forms, therefore challenging model domesticity’s conservative gender, racial, and sexual politics. Rather than produce stable single-family homes, neodomestic fictions advance a politics of instability characterized by mobility, renovation and redesign, and relational space. These “alternative” domesticities—when read in the context of neodomestic fiction—are not marginal but rather central to domesticity’s configurations. Such resistance, as Iris Marion Young argues, “is integral to modern political theory and is not an alternative to it.” Thus, this spatial analysis of post-1980 domestic novels does not indicate a post-feminist or post-gender world. Rather, neodomestic fiction’s heterogeneous, unstable spaces offer opportunities to examine contemporary hierarchies and experiment with more egalitarian homemaking. These fictions include Toni Morrison’s Paradise, Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible, Leslie Marmon Silko’s Gardens in the Dunes, and Chang-rae Lee’s A Gesture Life.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-9
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-11
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Introduction. Recycling Domesticities: Contemporary American Fiction’s Domestic Geographies
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  1. 1. Remapping Domestic Fiction: Neodomestic Geographies
  2. pp. 15-40
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  1. 2. Recycling Feminine Domesticity: Rewriting Conventional Domestic Fiction
  2. pp. 41-76
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  1. 3. Remodeling Home: Redesigning Conventional Domestic Space
  2. pp. 77-113
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  1. 4. Mapping Gendered Genres: Domestic Masculinity, Suburban Fiction, and the Antidomestic
  2. pp. 114-152
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  1. 5. Performing Domesticity: Anxious Masculinity and Queer Homes
  2. pp. 153-181
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  1. 6. Conclusions: The Territory Ahead
  2. pp. 182-201
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 203-204
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 205-218
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  1. Works Cited
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814270967
Related ISBN(s)
9780814211328
MARC Record
OCLC
868220321
Pages
246
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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