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Hereditary Misery: The Dysfunctional Family and Multigenerational Transmission in Jonathan Franzens The Corrections and Cynthia Sheare Julia Merkel

Hereditary Misery: The Dysfunctional Family and Multigenerational Transmission in Jonathan Franzens The Corrections and Cynthia Sheare

Julia Merkel

Published October 10th 2007
ISBN : 9783638818230
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48 pages
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Scholary Paper aus dem Jahr 2007 im Fachbereich Amerikanistik - Literatur, einseitig bedruckt, Note: 1, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universit t Frankfurt am Main (Institut f r England- und Amerikastudien), Veranstaltung: Continuity and Change inMoreScholary Paper aus dem Jahr 2007 im Fachbereich Amerikanistik - Literatur, einseitig bedruckt, Note: 1, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universit t Frankfurt am Main (Institut f r England- und Amerikastudien), Veranstaltung: Continuity and Change in Contemporary Southern Literature, 18 Eintragungen im Literaturverzeichnis, Sprache: Englisch, Abstract: In times of the decline of the family as a social parameter we witness an unquestionable popularity of the family novel in American literature. Are authors writing desperately against the unraveling nuclear family, against patchwork constellations and second and third marriages? Is this merely nostalgic reminiscence, a longing for the long lost? In my paper I will argue that the portrayal of the family in Jonathan Franzens The Corrections and Cynthia Shearers The Wonder Book of the Air is a rigid dissection of the pathological cycle of dysfunction, family often produces. It leaves every generation with the burden of the latters failures and a lifelong struggle against reproducing revictimization