9780674057715-0674057716-Home in America: On Loss and Retrieval

Home in America: On Loss and Retrieval

ISBN-13: 9780674057715
ISBN-10: 0674057716
Author: Dumm, Thomas
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard University Press
Format: Hardcover 320 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780674057715
ISBN-10: 0674057716
Author: Dumm, Thomas
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard University Press
Format: Hardcover 320 pages

Summary

Acknowledged authors Dumm, Thomas wrote Home in America: On Loss and Retrieval comprising 320 pages back in 2019. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0674057716 and 9780674057715. Since then Home in America: On Loss and Retrieval textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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An extraordinary inquiry into the meaning of home, through explorations literary and political, philosophical and deeply personal, by the acclaimed author of Loneliness as a Way of Life.

Home as an imagined refuge. Home as a place of mastery and domination. Home as a destination and the place we try to escape from. Thomas Dumm explores these distinctively American understandings of home. He takes us from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and Henry David Thoreau’s Walden to Laura Ingalls Wilder’s little house on the prairie and Emily Dickinson’s homestead, and finally to the house Herman Wallace imagined and that sustained him during his forty-one years of solitary confinement at Angola State Penitentiary.

Dumm argues that it is impossible to separate the comforting and haunting aspects of home. Each chapter reveals a different dimension of the American experience of home: slavery at Monticello, radical individuality at Walden, Indian-hating in the pioneer experience, and the power of remembering and imagining home in extreme confinement as a means of escape. Hidden in these homes are ghosts―enslaved and imprisoned African Americans, displaced and massacred Native Americans, subordinated homemakers, all struggling to compose their lives in a place called home.

Framed by a prologue on Dad and an epilogue on Mom, in which the author reflects on his own experiences growing up in western Pennsylvania with young parents in a family of nine children, Home in America is a masterful meditation on the richness and poverty of an idea that endures in the world we have made.

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