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

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

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(p.134) Chapter 5 ‘An Invention of the Americans’: Negotiating the Foreign in Anne Tyler's Novels
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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/9780748624454.003.0009

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

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