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Locating the homeless: Citizenship, advocacy, and the limits of narrative


2008 2008

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This dissertation investigates contemporary narratives of homelessness in the United States after the McKinney Act of 1987, the first federal acknowledgement of homelessness and the proposed solution to it. Since 1987, narratives of homelessness usually do one of two things, and sometimes both. They identify and describe significant difference in the homeless (they are animals or other-worldly), or, a narrative will recommend a homeless person to the reading audience in order to show likeness or sameness. Both narrative strategies explore and speak back to current cultural readings of homelessness, and help to show how and why solutions to managing the problem of homelessness have failed. The issues presented in these narratives are pressing, and resound on local and global levels. In extreme cases, the homeless can be read as, and treated as, mere animals or human surplus. My project touches upon some of these ethical and practical questions regarding the homeless, and imagines a more complex ground from which to read literary figures of the homeless; it is no longer enough to speak in terms of "romanticized" and "realist" representations when sentiment, embodiment, species, and place are dynamic concerns.

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Subject
American studies
Classification
0323: American studies
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences, Advocacy, Citizenship, Homeless, Narrative
Title
Locating the homeless: Citizenship, advocacy, and the limits of narrative
Author
Payne, Shannon
Number of pages
139
Publication year
2008
Degree date
2008
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 69/12, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549915485
Advisor
Knoper, Randall
Committee member
Bromell, Nicholas; Rundle, Erika
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Department
English
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3336962
ProQuest document ID
304565442
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304565442
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