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Title: The novels of Barbara Kingsolver : a case study in transnational American literature
Author: Ebersole, Brenda Mellon
ISNI:       0000 0004 5365 2643
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2014
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This thesis analyzes Kingsolver's consistent critique of mainstream United States culture by focusing on her use of characters of various races and other cultures within her seven novels. Each chapter examines the manner in which her texts critique an aspect of United States culture: individualism in The Bean Trees, Animal Dreams, and Pigs in Heaven; imperialism in the United States and abroad in The Poisonwood Bible and The Lacuna; and anthropocentrism in Prodigal Summer and Flight Behavior. By consistently foregrounding protagonists who learn to listen to others and consequently craft creative solutions to cultural, political, and scientific problems, Kingsolver's novels present themselves as transnational American literature. This thesis considers transnationalism as a critical paradigm—a recurring pattern of creative thinking linked to internationalism but not contingent on it. Reading Kingsolver's novels as transnational literature not only acknowledges the various critical perspectives within Kingsolver scholarship, suggesting a way to move past the representational hurdles critics decry, but also, more importantly, provides a unified reading of her oeuvre to date.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: American literature