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Transatlantic Women's Literature$
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Heidi Slettedahl Macpherson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748624454

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624454.001.0001

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Introduction: ‘No Region for Tourists and Women’

Introduction: ‘No Region for Tourists and Women’

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(p.1) Introduction: ‘No Region for Tourists and Women’
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Transatlantic Women's Literature
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Heidi Slettedahl Macpherson

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624454.003.0001

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is about transatlantic literature and women's narratives of travel and adventure. This book analyses several examples of relevant literature, including Nella Larsen's Quicksand, Bharati Mukherjee's Jasmine and Anne Tyler's The Accidental Tourist. It explores the construction of racial identities across the transatlantic space and the lure of the exotic ‘other’, the role of identity selection and national performance in memoirs of travel, the pull of home, and the reinvention of foreignness both within and outside the family.

Keywords:   transatlantic literature, women's narratives, travel, adventure, Quicksand, Jasmine, Accidental Tourist, identity selection, memoirs, foreignness

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