Intergenerational Conflict in Ethnic Literature

Mothers from a Different World. Staatsexamensarbeit

Michael Burger

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Examination Thesis from the year 2011 in the subject English - Literature, Works, grade: 1,5, University of Augsburg (Neue Englische Literaturen und Kulturwissenschaft), course: New English Literatures, language: English, abstract: The relationship between a mother and her children has been a prominent topic in literatureever since the genre of written fiction has become popular in the past. Mother figuresfrom Jocasta in the ancient Greek tragedy King Oedipus and Gertrude in theShakespeare classic Hamlet to Norma Bates in the 20th century suspense novel Psycho,to name but a few, have thrilled the audience as well as given critics a diverse subject todeal with. One reason for this ongoing fascination over centuries of literary productionmay lie in the extraordinarily complex relationship structure which can be developedbetween a mere dyad of people who happen to be mother and child. Yet, another reasonfor the perpetual re-invention of the issue can be found in its apparent comprehensibility:every human being has a biological mother and gets socialized by at least one focalperson of reference which enables them to relate to the fictional stories easily. Theunique quality of mothers in this process - as plain as it sounds - still is their ability tobear children, and by this act to establish an irreplaceable link to another human being.In the twentieth century, the socio-anthropological development has created amyriad of new possibilities and demographic changes that consequently were to findtheir way into literature and even have created new genres. Due to "significant shifts[...] in attitudes towards sexuality" (Allan 10), technological advance, and demographicchanges, a whole new range of potential life-styles has evolved since the end of WorldWar II. This involved deconstruction of a traditional middle-class myth, namely thebreaking up of the nuclear family's near-monopoly position has ultimately led to an"increasing diversity occurring in family and household patterns" (Allan 10). Consequently,issues like working mothers, single-parent families, step-families, or same-sexcouples adopting children have also enriched literary production of the past fifty years.Additionally to this, the increase of migration to the western industrialized societies hascaused a development of a wider ethnic diversity than before the turn of the century.Especially in the United States of America this influx of new potential authors becamethe cornerstone of a prolific process which has been producing works apart from Americanmainstream literature and still continues to do so.[...]

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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 72
Erscheinungsdatum 10.07.2011
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-3-640-95293-9
Verlag GRIN
Maße (L/B/H) 21,1/15,2/0,7 cm
Gewicht 118 g
Auflage 3. Auflage

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