Original Subjects: The Child, the Novel, and the Nation - Harvard Studies in Comparative Literature (Paperback)
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Original Subjects: The Child, the Novel, and the Nation - Harvard Studies in Comparative Literature (Paperback)

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Original Subjects explores the interweaving of the child-hero and the fortunes of a nation as these are portrayed in a wide selection of novels and national narratives in the French and English traditions. Ala Alryyes examines how these works deploy similar metaphors and signifying narratives in which a homeless child is central.

Taking up such disparate writers and novelists as Locke, Rousseau, Wollstonecraft, Defoe, Richardson, Diderot, Scott, Stendhal, Balzac, and Disraeli, as well as Homer, St. Augustine, and Hannah Arendt, this book argues that the generational parent–child dynamic is key to understanding the structure of novels, the theory of the state, and the events of history.

Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674002630
Weight: 308 g
Dimensions: 210 x 140 mm

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