Home-Space and Politics of Gender in Housekeeping


  • Yi Hu Shanghai International Studies University




Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping, home, space, gender


Focusing on female characters of Foster family, Marilynne Robinson’s debut novel Housekeeping presents a tension between stability and mobility within the home-space, and in terms of a fixed, bounded gender identity ascribed by domesticity and social convention with a fluid, non-essential one. Drawing on critical theories of Judith Butler, Henri Lefebvre, Michel Foucault, Tim Cresswell, etc., this paper attempts to analyze how the protagonist Sylvie successfully subverts normative politics of gender by redefining the spatial order of home-space and conducting spatial practices.


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