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Orphans' home : the voice and vision of Horton Foote

Author: Laurin Porter
Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, ©2003.
Series: Southern literary studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"By critical consensus, Foote's foremost achievement is The Orphans' Home Cycle - a course of nine independent yet interlocking plays that traces the transformation over twenty-six years of a small-town Southern orphan, Horace Robedaux, into a husband, father, and patriarch. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including interviews with Foote, Laurin Porter demonstrates why the author's masterpiece is a unique  Read more...
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Named Person: Horton Foote; Horton Foote; Horton Foote
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Laurin Porter
ISBN: 0807128457 9780807128459 0807128791 9780807128794
OCLC Number: 50731002
Description: x, 233 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: An orphan's dream --
Horace, son and father : the role of family in shaping identity --
Cultural influences : community, language, and identity --
Polyphonic voices : repetition and the multiplication of meaning --
Point-counterpoint : paired plays, multiple perspectives --
The presence of the past : the orphans' home cycle and the nature of time --
An orphans' home : family, place, and redemption.
Series Title: Southern literary studies.
Responsibility: Laurin Porter.

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"By critical consensus, Foote's foremost achievement is The Orphans' Home Cycle - a course of nine independent yet interlocking plays that traces the transformation over twenty-six years of a small-town Southern orphan, Horace Robedaux, into a husband, father, and patriarch. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including interviews with Foote, Laurin Porter demonstrates why the author's masterpiece is a unique accomplishment not only in his personal ouevre, but also in the canon of American drama." "Porter shows how the small-town Southern culture speaks through Horace as his life story unfolds while she examines the functions of family and community in identity formation. She explains that Foote's signature style - which replaces stage directions, poetic language, and suspense-driven narratives with sparse, restrained dialogue and seemingly actionless plots - creates a simmering power by stressing subtext over text, a strategy more often associated with the novel than drama. Similarly, Foote uses recurring character types and motifs, interrelated images and symbols, and parallel and inverted events that reverberate within and among the plays, employing language and structure in innovative ways. In comparing the cycle with the works of Faulkner and Eugene O'Neill, Porter positions Foote at the intersection of Southern literature and American drama."--Jacket.

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