Surviving the Family-The Family Survives : Family Patterns in Anne Tyler's Novels

Bíró Andrea (2002) Surviving the Family-The Family Survives : Family Patterns in Anne Tyler's Novels. MA/MSc, Szegedi Tudományegyetem.

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Abstract

The principal aim of this thesis is to examine the existential problems of the American family in three of Anne Tyler's novels. Focusing on the three families of Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (1982), The Accidental Tourist (1985) and Breathing Lessons (1988) I would like to prove that marriage and family are both operable institutions in modern American society. Although kinship is sometimes regarded as a source of isolation of the individual, it is an essential nurturing bond to cope with difficulties in life and society. Despite destructive childhood, separation, death of a child and depressing passing of time, Tyler's characters can overcome their injuries and create a livable, responsible life. I will try to argue that by concentrating on adulthood Tyler disproves the common view that midlife years are time of devolution and despair and shows that recovery and full life is possible in this period of human life.

Institution

Szegedi Tudományegyetem

Faculty

Gyula Juhász Teacher Training College

Department

Angol Tanszék

Discipline

Teacher Training

Specialization

angol

Supervisor(s)

SupervisorSupervisor scientific name labelEmailEHA
dr. Szabó KláraUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED

Item Type: Thesis (MA/MSc)
Date: 2002
Depositing User: JGYPK Szerkesztő
Date Deposited: 2019. May. 21. 12:03
Last Modified: 2019. May. 23. 12:48
URI: http://diploma.bibl.u-szeged.hu/id/eprint/76252

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