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ENG 240: The Modern Novel - Kehoe

There There, by Tommy Orange (2018)

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Tommy Orange and There There

  • literary period and historical background: the 2010s, the novel in the age of the internet and social media -- the cover blurb for the novel comes from Margaret Atwood’s tweet
  • about Tommy Orange (1982-) (via RCC Library); There There published in 2018
  • critical approaches, literary terms, and references:
    • fiction and non-fiction (the Prologue and Interlude in the form of essays; chapters named after characters -- narratives that express perspectives of characters, told through different kinds of narration)
    • postmodernism (characterized by the mix of low and high culture, fragmentation) or a new quality in 21st-century literature? (open question, as 21st-century literature is emerging in front of our eyes)
    • composite novel (short story cycle or a novel?) -- the term composite novel has been applied to 19th-century novels composed of interconnected short stories
    • postcolonialism (the term postcolonial as it applies to literature - via RCC Library)
    • Native American literature

 

FURTHER READING

Bostrom, Annie. "Review of There There, by Tommy Orange." Contemporary Literary Criticism, edited by Jennifer Stock, vol. 457, Gale, 2020. Gale Literature Resource Center, link.gale.com/apps/doc/H1100127685/GLS?u=mlin_b_roxbury&sid=bookmark-GLS&xid=3413800b. Originally published in Booklist, 1 May 2018, p. 64.

“Powell’s Interview: Tommy Orange, Author of There There.” Powell’s Books Blog, 29 May, 2018. https://www.powells.com/post/interviews/powells-interview-tommy-orange-author-of-there-there

Reder, Deanna, and Sophie McCall. "Indigenous and Postcolonial Studies: Tensions and Interrelationships, Creative and Critical Interventions." ARIEL, vol. 51, no. 2-3, Apr.-July 2020, pp. 1+. Gale Literature Resource Center, link.gale.com/apps/doc/A629531520/GLS?u=mlin_b_roxbury&sid=bookmark-GLS&xid=87271687.

"Tommy Orange’s ‘There There’ Has a Wide Cast of Native American Characters." Contemporary Literary Criticism, edited by Jennifer Stock, vol. 457, Gale, 2020. Gale Literature Resource Center, link.gale.com/apps/doc/H1100127686/GLS?u=mlin_b_roxbury&sid=bookmark-GLS&xid=876326e7. Originally published in Morning Edition, National Public Radio, 2018.