Worlding Domesticity: Transnational Methodology and Jonathan Franzen's Freedom
Jensen, Martin Aagaard, English - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia
Brickhouse, Anna, Department of English, University of Virginia
This thesis examines how we might read a domestic novel, such as Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom, as a transnational one. Contemporary critics have thus far characterized only those novels as transnational which include foreign characters, signs of alterity and difference or global networks. In this thesis, I engage in a methodological debate, and argue that the representation of domesticity naturally opens out to a global network, which is the very matter against which the sphere of the domestic is defined.
MA (Master of Arts)
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