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American Fiction Studies


  • - 주제 : 어문학분야 > 영문학
  • - 성격 : 학술지
  • - 간기: 연3회
  • - 국내 등재 : KCI 등재
  • - 해외 등재 : -
  • - ISSN : 1738-5784
  • - 간행물명 변경 사항 : 호손연구(~2002) → 호손과 미국소설 연구(2003~) → 미국소설(2007~)
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수록 범위 : 26권 1호 (2019)

초기 여성 서부 개척자의 등장과 역할: 『오 개척자들!』

김여진 ( Yeojin Kim )
미국소설학회|미국소설  26권 1호, 2019 pp. 5-19 ( 총 15 pages)
5,500
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This paper examines the emergence of early female pioneers in the West who were erased by the Western mythology through Willa Cather’s O Pioneers! Alexandra Bergson has immigrated from Bohemia to America with her family. Her father, John Bergson, had difficulties in adjusting to the wild land of the West. Therefore, he relies on Alexandra who studies about crops and makes every effort to cultivate wasteland. For these reasons, he chooses Alexandra as his successor instead of his three sons in the face of death. In Cather’s point of view, the most important thing in the frontier is the sufficient labor force to reclaim the barren soil and the constant studying of the land. Therefore, it is not the succession of patriarchal incompetence but the birth of a powerful matriarch to pioneer the West and lead her family’s life in the West. Unlike male writers, Cather discusses the existence and history of women, which have been ignored in Western history, through the success stories of female pioneers who have made American dreams in the western frontier.

지식을 위한 시각의 융합: 존 스타인벡의 『찰리와 함께 한 여행』

황치복 ( Chee Bok Hwang )
미국소설학회|미국소설  26권 1호, 2019 pp. 21-47 ( 총 27 pages)
6,700
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This paper aims to analyze the core of journalism in John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley. Travels with Charley is a travelogue, which depicts a 1960 road trip around the United States in the company of his standard poodle, Charley. Steinbeck was moved by a desire to see his country on a personal level. For this study, the dialectic between the method of reportage and the impulses of the report worked together to study Freud’s epistemophilic notion so that the narrator of Travels with Charley can define the parameters of the national identity with his cognitive interest. In addition, if the reporting process is combined with pleasure, America, the subject of the report, operates as a tool for measuring pleasure. “America” itself serves as a synecdoche invoked to measure the pleasure of the narrator’s fantastic work. Therefore, this study is about a macrocosm of microcosm me and the original telos of Travels with Charley is to invoke Americanness through a series of episodes that are supposed to characterize the nation as a whole.

Rethinking Political Correctness in the Age of #MeToo: Philip Roth’s The Human Stain

( Sarah Yoon )
미국소설학회|미국소설  26권 1호, 2019 pp. 49-69 ( 총 21 pages)
6,100
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In January 2018, Philip Roth said about the #MeToo movement in an interview with The New York Times, “none of the more extreme conduct I have been reading about in the newspapers lately has astonished me” (McGrath). At the height of the #MeToo movement, which had indicted media and business tycoons, as well as political leaders, Roth said that his lifelong novelistic concern in “depicting these men each as he is, each as he behaves, aroused, stimulated, hungry in the grip of carnal fervor” had meant that he had confronted the “hard facts” of such male lustful drives (McGrath). This paper rereads The Human Stain, in which Roth criticizes the effects of political correctness in the enclosed institution of academia, to comment on the perspective of human existence as “inevitably stained” (Roth 242). In rereading the tragic dimensions of the novel, this paper seeks to grapple with the effects of political correctness and the limitations of public opinion (represented through the academic institution, including the flawed feminist scholar Delphine Roux) on the lives of characters like Coleman Silk and Faunia Farley.

“A Peculiar Case” of a Woman’s Writing in Elizabeth Stoddard’s The Morgesons

( Ki Yoon Jang )
미국소설학회|미국소설  26권 1호, 2019 pp. 71-96 ( 총 26 pages)
6,600
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Elizabeth Stoddard’s The Morgesons makes a challenging case to those who approach it as a typical ‘women’s literature.’ Stoddard’s portrayal of the main character Cassandra Morgeson deviates from nineteenth-century women writers’ conventional representation of a heroine. Cassandra is an individual who finds its integrity in relation with a family, whereas the typical Victorian heroine is a singular figure fighting against society’s prejudices against her gender. Scholarly failure in grasping the atypicality of Stoddard’s authorial intention leads to continuous marginalization of her work from the literary tradition, either patriarchal or matriarchal. This paper takes that failure seriously and proposes to read The Morgesons as a metafictional story that at once reflects women-centered interpretations of women’s writing and exposes their limitation. It examines how Cassandra understands a notion of self in close interaction with other selves within a familial setting and how she searches for a symbiotic mode of different selfhoods through which individuality and communality do not conflict one another but prosper together. The paper ultimately argues for the necessity of liberating our reading of women’s writing from gender constrictions and conceiving an alternative methodology of appraising individual texts for their ‘peculiar’ qualities.

Seeing and Not Seeing: The Politics of Representing the Aged Body in Ernest Gaines’ A Gathering of Old Men

( Hyeyurn Chung )
미국소설학회|미국소설  26권 1호, 2019 pp. 97-120 ( 총 24 pages)
6,400
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This essay reads Ernest J. Gaines’ 1983 novel, A Gathering of Old Men, and considers how black male subjectivity is depicted via the “old men” of the title. The older generation (as well as the concept of “aging” and all that it entails) have often been disregarded in literary studies as they mostly occupy a minor position within the literary works themselves. Nevertheless, as Sandra G. Shannon observes, “old black men and women are interspersed throughout Gaines’ fiction” and this shows Gaines’ tendency to “incorporate into his work black personality types previously avoided by other authors” (195). Therefore, this essay aims to examine how the concepts of old age and aging complicates the notion of black male subjectivity; in particular, I consider how Gaines’ novel diversifies the representation of black masculinity by bringing together the various themes of aging, race, masculinity, and subjectivity. I concede that Gaines’ narrative, in some measures, prompts us to “see” these men by offering positive representations of the elderly blacks as dignified survivors of an oppressive racial system; still, even as this entourage of old men enriches previous representations of black masculinity, it is my contention that Gaines convinces us “not to see” how his work recycles and exacerbates, in part, damaging stereotypes of black/male/aged bodies.
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