Belonging and Narrative

A Theory of the American Novel

Laura Bieger

Transcript-Verlag

Belonging and Narrative

Pub Date: August 2019

ISBN: 9783837646009

182 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $40.00

Belonging and Narrative

A Theory of the American Novel

Laura Bieger

Transcript-Verlag

Why did the novel become so popular in the past three centuries, and how did the American novel contribute to this trend? As a key provider of the narrative frames and formulas needed by modern individuals to give meaning and mooring to their lives. Drawing on phenomenological hermeneutics, human geography, and social psychology, Laura Bieger contends that belonging is not a given; it is continuously produced by narrative. Against the current emphasis on metaphors of movement and destabilization, she explores the salience and significance of home. Challenging views of narrative as a mechanism of ideology, she approaches narrative as a practical component of dwelling in the world – and the novel a primary place-making agent.

About the Author

Laura Bieger is professor of American studies, political theory, and culture at the University of Groningen. She has held teaching and research positions at Universität Freiburg, FU Berlin, UC Berkeley, Universität Wien, and IFK Wien. Her essays have appeared in New Literary History, Amerikastudien/American Studies, Studies in American Naturalism, Narrative, and ZAA. She is currently working on reading publics in U.S. democracy.