This book views domesticity through multiple frames and surveys the rhetoric and practices of domestication in contemporary cultures. It also examines the consequences and costs of homemaking in various geographic and textual locations.
1. Recycling: Long Routes to and from Domestic Fixes Part One: On the Road: Nations, Empires, Texts, Homes 2. Why Daughters Die: The Racial Logic of American Sentimentalism 3. Homes in the Empire, Empires in the Home 4. Modernism and Domesticity: From Conrad's Eastern Road to Stein's Empty Spaces in the Home 5. Homo-Economics: Queer Sexualities in a Transnational Frame Part Two: Domesticity: Redrawing Urban Space 6. Reconstructed Identity: Spatial Change and Adaptation in a Greek-Macedonian Refugee Neighborhood Counterparts: Dubliners, Masculinity, and Temperance Nationalism 7. Repetition and Unhousing in Nawal El-Saadawi 8. Fast Capital, Race, Modernity, and the Monster House Part Three: Nostalgia, Modernity, and Other Domestic Fictions 9. Dishing Up Dixie: Recycling the Old South in the Early-Twentieth-Century Domestic Ideal 10. Domestic Renovations: The Marriage Plot, the Lodging House, and Lesbian Desire in Pauline Hopkins's Contending Forces 11. "Homesick for Those Memories": The Gendering of Historical Memory in Women's Narratives of the Vietnam War 12. Domesticity and the Demon Mother: A Review Essay of Sorts Part Four: Bringing Down the House: Dreaming, Revising, Burning 13. Feminists Are Modern; Families Are Indian: Women's Magazines and the Politics of Modernity 14. In a Neighborhood of Another Colar: Latina/Latino Struggles for Home 15. Home, Houses, Nonidentity: Paris Is Burning 16. The Squat, the Tearoom, the Urn, and the Designer Bathroom: Citing Home in Ken Loach' s Riff Raff