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Title:Frontier Legacies: The Search for Home in the Twentieth Century
Author(s):Carollo, Kevin Anthony
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Blake, Nancy
Department / Program:Comparative Literature
Discipline:Comparative Literature
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Literature, Romance
Abstract:This dissertation investigates several paradigmatic relationships between the concepts "home" and "the frontier." It focuses on four writers of the twentieth century from divergent cultural and literary contexts. Each writer depicts the psychic paradox of feeling homeless in one's home. The writers include: Giuseppe Ungaretti, an Italian modernist poet who was born in Egypt and did not visit Italy until his twenties; Aminata Sow Fall, a contemporary Senegalese novelist; Louise Erdrich, a contemporary writer of Native American and European heritage; and James Tiptree Jr. (Alice Sheldon), a science fiction writer believed to be a man for the first eight years of her publishing career. Specific conceptual frontiers are read as crucial to understanding the scope of each writer's work, as they determine the boundaries within which "home" can be envisioned. The thesis focuses on three abstract frontiers: the African colonial frontier, the frontier of the American West, and science fiction's "final frontier." It argues that twentieth century literary articulations of home respond to various discursive imperatives delimited by nineteenth century thought and expansion. Home is read as a fleeting phenomenon rather than a stable location.
Issue Date:1999
Type:Text
Language:English
Description:293 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1999.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/87313
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9952982
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:1999


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