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Travel and Home in Homer's Odyssey and Contemporary Literature: Critical Encounters and Nostalgic Returns

Carol Dougherty

Abstract

Travel and Home in Homer’s Odyssey and Contemporary Literature brings Homer’s Odyssey together with contemporary literary texts ranging from Rebecca West’s Return of the Soldier to Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road to produce new readings that reframe, reorient, and ultimately revise aspects of Homer’s iconic story of travel and home. While some novels share with the Odyssey a celebration of the creative process of improvisation to rethink the relationship between home and travel, others draw upon nostalgia, our complicated longing for home, to unsettle the inevi ... More

Keywords: mobility, domesticity, homecoming, Odyssey, travel literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198814016
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198814016.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carol Dougherty, author
Professor of Classical Studies and Margaret E. Deffenbaugh and LeRoy T. Carlson Professor in Comparative Literature, Wellesley College