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Books Year : 2022

“Home, Sweet Home”: Places of Belonging in Anglophone Narratives


Relying on British, American and Australian novels and self-narratives ranging from the 18th to the 21st century, this volume focuses on the way home and houses can be at the heart of the narrative process. Actually, this literary topic echoes the global health crisis which kept people home for weeks in 2020 and led them to reflect about travel restrictions and the meaning of home as a place of confinement, but also of creation. The homes at stake here are not merely buildings but extend to places where memories are rooted. They may be family spaces with their specific spheres of influence, but also lost territories, nations entailing criticism or attachment, idealized and reconstructed homelands, or even abstract creative areas of artistic construction. No matter its size and its concrete or abstract meaning, home is space transformed by personal experience and can, therefore, take various shapes and give birth to various representations. From an enclosed space granting or hindering personal freedom to the nostalgia of a lost home, from the conquest of new homes at the expense of others through the colonial process to the post-colonial cultural reconquest of home beyond geography, from a place fostering or preventing the writing process to literatures that follow architectural rules and become homes themselves, this volume ponders the many facets of home and houses and, eventually, emphasizes a concept that transcends time and space while it entails stories of belonging and creation.
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Elisabeth Bouzonviller. “Home, Sweet Home”: Places of Belonging in Anglophone Narratives. Universidade do Algarve Editora. Universidade do Algarve Editora, 2022, 978-989-9023-79-6. ⟨10.34623/r2md-mw86⟩. ⟨hal-04607342⟩
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