explores the ways that novels and performs painting adoption, probing the cultural fictions that those literary representations have perpetuated. via cautious readings of works via Sophocles, Shakespeare, George Eliot, Charles Dickens, Barbara Kingsolver, Edward Albee and others, Marianne Novy unearths how fiction has contributed to basic perceptions of adoptive mom and dad, adoptees, and delivery mom and dad. She observes how those works deal with the query of what makes a mother or father, as she scrutinizes uncomplicated subject matters that repeat all through, equivalent to the adaptation among adoptive mom and dad and youngsters, the mirroring among adoptees and their delivery mom and dad, and the romanticization of the subject matter of misplaced relations and recovered id. Engagingly written from Novy's twin views as critic and grownup adoptee, the e-book artfully combines the thoughts of literary and feminist scholarship with memoir, and in doing so it sheds new gentle on accepted texts.
Marianne Novy is Professor of English and Women's experiences on the collage of Pittsburgh. She is writer or editor of diverse books, together with Imagining Adoption: Essays on Literature and Culture.