Telemachus’ Burden

  • Jane Hedley


This chapter looks at modes of triangulation that are explicitly social and cultural. Both Meadowlands and The Beauty of the Husband include the perspectives of third parties who have a stake in the marriage: both are also full of “canonical” touchstones and reference-points. Glück’s sequence includes a series of “parables,” and invokes the paradigmatic marriage of Penelope and Odysseus. Carson’s narrator-wife is a classical scholar whose extra-diegetic commentary is excessive, pushing triangulation toward parody.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jane Hedley
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  1. 1.Bryn Mawr CollegeBryn MawrUSA

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