Chapter 5. Part V: Relations Stopping Nowhere

  1. Patrick O'Donnell

Published Online: 15 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444317893.ch5

The American Novel Now: Reading Contemporary American Fiction Since 1980

The American Novel Now: Reading Contemporary American Fiction Since 1980

How to Cite

O'Donnell, P. (2010) Part V: Relations Stopping Nowhere, in The American Novel Now: Reading Contemporary American Fiction Since 1980, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444317893.ch5

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JAN 2010
  2. Published Print: 15 JAN 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405167574

Online ISBN: 9781444317893

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Keywords:

  • relations stopping nowhere;
  • Anna Karenina's - “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way”;
  • Pride and Prejudice - truth universally acknowledged, a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife;
  • A Catcher in the Rye - If you really want to hear about it;
  • postnuclear family - family always serving as seedbed of fictionalized identities;
  • Jeffrey Eugenides's Middlesex (2002) - I was born twice;
  • Joyce Carol Oates's American Appetites and Francine Prose's Primitive People;
  • The Reach of Community - contemporary novels reflecting changes in social imaginary entity, the “family”;
  • registering transformations - in larger collectivities of community and nation;
  • from there to here - migration and nation, contradictions in concept of nation as “imaginary community” in American novels

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Postnuclear Family

  • The Reach of Community

  • From There to Here: Migration and Nation