North to the Future: Captivity and Escape in The member of the Wedding
PhD-candidate Anna Young, STK, has published an article in The Southern Literary Journal, The University of North Carolina Press, USA.
The Southern Literary Journal, Volume 47, Number 1, Fall 2014, pp. 81-97 (Article)
The article examines the dual motifs of captivity and escape in Carson McCullers' The Member of the Wedding (1946) and the way in which they are linked to the young protagonist's search for belonging and the development of her gender identity. By focusing on the desire to travel as a primary motivation for the novel's main character, Ann Young hopes to offer a new reading of one of the classic American narratives of female adolescence.She suggests that Frankie Addams is a character torn between the categories of “criminal” and “traveler” and that the desire to escape is what drives her forward. My argument is that viewing Frankie as a traveler, albeit one who does not actually go anywhere, will offer a new reading of one of the classic American narratives of female adolescence. Read more.