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By Kimberly Freeman

a favored topic in sociology and cultural reports, divorce has till lately been ignored by way of literary critics. Spanning approximately a century in which the divorce price skyrocketed, Love American variety lines the remedy of divorce within the American novel. This e-book attracts upon renowned, sociological, political and architectural background to demonstrate how divorce displays conflicting ideologies and notions of yank id. Focusing totally on paintings by way of William Dean Howells, Edith Wharton, Mary McCarthy and John Updike, Kimberly Freeman delineates a approach of tropes specific to divorce in American novels, equivalent to the organization of divorce with the West and modernity, the dismantling of the house, and the disruption of the boundary among the general public and the non-public. those tropes recommend a literary culture of affection, marriage and divorce that's critical to 20th century American fiction. providing a proof for either the remedy of divorce within the American novel in addition to its predominance in American tradition, this ebook should still entice students of yank literature and pop culture, or someone attracted to how divorce has turn into so 'American'.

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