Neglect and Abandonment in Anne Tyler’s Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant


Anne Tyler (born 1941) is one of the creative twentieth century American writers. Classified by critics as a Southern writer, Tyler focuses on modern families and their distinctive relationships. She writes with wit and insight about runaway husbands, wives, fathers, mothers and children. Her interest in themes concerning family, home and identity becomes increasingly significant in her later works. This significance stems from her fondness of drawing honest and accurate scenes and people. Tylers most legendary novel "Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant" (1982) was nominated for the National Book Critics circle Award in 1982. This work drew much praise for its psychological insight, rich characterization and well developed plot structure. It examines many facets of family relationships, particularly as they evolve between mother and child, fester between siblings, and extend into the world beyond. Since this paper is an attempt to bridge the two fields of psychology and literature, Tylers "Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant" is examined regarding how the interpersonal trauma of abandonment and neglect experience in childhood had a great impact on the personality in adulthood. The study shows to what extent Anne Tyler, in her novel, succeeds in displaying the psychological difficulties that follow abandonment which leads to disturbed attachment styles, difficulties with trust, diminished social skills and inability to understand social interactions.

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Shaden Adel Nasser, Ain Shams University, Egypt

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Conference: LibEuro2016
Stream: Literature - Anglo-American Literature

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