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‘An Invention of the Americans’: Negotiating the Foreign in Anne Tyler's Novels

Heidi Slettedahl Macpherson

in Transatlantic Women's Literature

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780748624454
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652242 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624454.003.0009
‘An Invention of the Americans’: Negotiating the Foreign in Anne Tyler's Novels

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This chapter explores the construction of ‘foreignness’ in Anne Tyler's The Accidental Tourist and Digging to America in order to relate concepts of the foreign to those of the familiar in its literal sense. It evaluates the ways in which Tyler's conception of each has altered over the last twenty years, especially given her focus on a contested domestic realism. The chapter suggests that Tyler's exploration of foreignness is a recurring concern and that her engagement with world politics is mostly under the radar.

Keywords: foreignness; Anne Tyler; Accidental Tourist; Digging to America; domestic realism; world politics

Chapter.  8465 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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