No place like home: re-writing "home" and re-locating lesbianism in Emma Donoghue's Stir-Fry and Hood

Young, Emma (2013) No place like home: re-writing "home" and re-locating lesbianism in Emma Donoghue's Stir-Fry and Hood. Journal of International Women's Studies, 14 (4). pp. 5-18. ISSN 1539-8706

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Abstract

This article considers contemporary novelist Emma Donoghue's early novels, Stir-Fry (1994) and Hood (1995), and argues that these works contribute to a re-defining of the home space in relation to lesbian sexuality. I draw on theoretical arguments from the social sciences, feminist, gender and sexuality studies, and literary criticism to reveal how an inter-disciplinary approach to Donoghue's novels illuminates a more nuanced interpretation of their depiction of home space that ensures a 'home' for lesbianism is (re)located. At the same time, Donoghue's novels are revealed to posit their own theorising on home and sexuality. By focusing on objects-including the infamous queer closet, the threshold space of doors and the 'woman's' kitchen-alongside depictions of lesbian relationships, this article interrogates the ways in which home spaces are (re)encoded, resulting in the naturalised heteronormativity of the home space being challenged.

Keywords:Literature
Subjects:Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q320 English Literature
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Deposited On:10 Feb 2014 12:31

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