“At Home Too Everything is Falling Apart”: Waste, Domestic Disorder, and Gender in Alison Lurie’s Early Ffiction

Rachele Dini

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    This paper seeks examines the gendered aspects of consumer waste, dirt, and domestic mess in three early novels by Alison Lurie—Love and Friendship (1962), The Nowhere City (1965), and The War Between the Tates (1974), set in 1969—which I argue provide an incisive account of the transformation of gender relations over the course of the 1950s and 1960s. By focusing on the signifying potential of material objects in these texts, I seek to demonstrate Lurie’s relevance to the “thingly turn” in literary criticism, to re-ignite interest in an author whose work has received surprisingly little scholarly attention, and to generate interest in the waste matter across the rest of her oeuvre, where it in fact proliferates. In broader terms, I hope to complicate existing scholarship on waste in literature (including my own), which remains almost exclusively focused on male authors.

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    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages24
    JournalJournal of American Studies
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2019

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