By R. Rubenstein
Regardless of its often regressive institutions with homesickness, the longing linked to nostalgia can also functionality steadily as a car for imaginatively 'fixing' the previous in senses: securing and mending or repairing. contemplating fiction by means of British and 6 American ladies writers of alternative generations and ethnicities, this learn explores tensions among domestic and exile, insider and outsider, longing and belonging, loss and restoration. Rubenstein argues that nostalgia features narratively as a method for interrogating not just notions of domestic, homesickness, and fatherland but additionally cultural ancient dislocation, getting older, and ethical accountability. those narratives re-frame an important locus of shock in modern (female) event: own and/or cultural dis-placement and eager for domestic are eventually transmuted - imaginatively, no less than - via a restorative imaginative and prescient that permits therapeutic and emotional fix.
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Shaped by these fundamental losses of mother and of child, Codi regards herself as “bracketed by death” (50). In fact, her surname,“no-line,” 40 Home Matters signals her separation from generational continuity, compounded by her view of herself as an outsider. As a result of her father’s misrepresentations, she believes her parents came from Illinois and therefore that Grace is not her true home. Although she does not name her condition—a prolonged depression precipitated by unresolved mourning—most of the early images of the narrative ﬁgure her emotional deadness: bones and skeletons, graves and graveyards.
Sketch” 81) Although Woolf does not explicitly answer the questions she raises in this passage, it is obvious that To the Lighthouse is the answer. 30 28 Home Matters m m m At the age of sixty-four, Doris Lessing—only a few years older than Woolf when she wrote the ﬁrst of her autobiographical memoirs—also attempted a “sketch of the past,” no doubt prompted by her return to southern Africa after an involuntary decades-long absence. In it, she acknowledges the difﬁculty of articulating her earliest, painful memories as she attempts to achieve a balanced recollection of her parents, particularly her mother.
42 Home Matters What gives Kingsolver’s narrative of quest and return its originality is the interweaving of Western and Native American mythologies of the land, and her fresh embodiment of the wasteland legend of sterility and regeneration, through the creation of a female rather than a male quester who is heir to the “king’s” malaise. Codi Noline mirrors her father’s emotional sterility, a condition compounded by the traumatic events of her own childhood and adolescence as well as by her experience as an “outsider” painfully estranged from the community in which she grew up.