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Reading Adoption: Family and Difference in Fiction and Drama Paperback – 30 Oct 2007

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press (30 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047203264X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0472032648
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,288,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In Reading Adoption Marianne Novy takes us back to Oedipus, that quintessential adoptee, and to Shakespeare's romance with parent-child reunions, as well as to orphans lost and found in modern English and American literature. And all the while she gives us insights into living adoption as she weaves her own story of reuniting with her birth mother, which is as absorbing as any of the fictional narratives she has guided us through. - Betty Jean Lifton, author of Journey of the Adopted Self ""Notable... and courageous - in its blending of the personal and the scholarly... a book of monumental interest."" - Carol J. Singley, Rutgers University-Camden


A literary scholar who is an adult adoptee delves into one of the enduring themes of literature - the child raised by other parents. "Reading Adoption" artfully combines memoir with literary and feminist scholarship, shedding new light on familiar texts. Engagingly written from Marianne Novy's dual perspectives as critic and adult adoptee, the book explores the ways in which novels and plays portray adoption through careful readings of works by authors from Sophocles to Barbara Kingsolver.

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