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The negotiation inside : historical upheaval and domestic space
Linnaea Rose Weld
May 10, 2016
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There appears to be a pattern of literary domestic spaces holding historical tension between past and present. In this project, I examine three novels of historical upheaval: Angle of Repose, O Pioneers!, and The Optimist's Daughter. I examine these domestic spaces through three main lenses of domestic space: spatiality, gender, and nostalgia. Ultimately, I find that domestic spaces exist in literature of upheaval to make historical tension visible, through characters, enclosure, and nests.