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North to the Future: Captivity and Escape in The Member of the Wedding

North to the Future: Captivity and Escape in The Member of the Wedding North to the Future: Captivity and Escape in The Member of the Wedding by Anna Young Th e youthful desire to escape has played a central role in American literature with novels such as Th e Catcher in the Rye and Th e Adventures of Huckleberry Finn depicting fl ights from the constraints of civilized society. While the captivity tropes in Carson McCullers’s Th e Member of the Wedding have often been discussed in connection with the protagonist’s gender identity, there has been less focus on the importance of the dream of escape. Additionally, critics such as Harilaos Stecopoulos and Noah Mass have tended to downplay the specifi city of Frankie Addams’s experience of female adolescence and the novel’s themes of gender and sexuality. In this article, I examine the dual motifs of captivity and escape in Th e Member of the Wedding and the way in which they are linked to the protagonist’s search for belonging and the development of her gender identity. I suggest 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 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Southern Literary Journal University of North Carolina Press

North to the Future: Captivity and Escape in The Member of the Wedding

The Southern Literary Journal , Volume 47 (1) – May 29, 2015

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University of North Carolina Press
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Copyright © 2008 the Southern Literary Journal and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of English.
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1534-1461

Abstract

North to the Future: Captivity and Escape in The Member of the Wedding by Anna Young Th e youthful desire to escape has played a central role in American literature with novels such as Th e Catcher in the Rye and Th e Adventures of Huckleberry Finn depicting fl ights from the constraints of civilized society. While the captivity tropes in Carson McCullers’s Th e Member of the Wedding have often been discussed in connection with the protagonist’s gender identity, there has been less focus on the importance of the dream of escape. Additionally, critics such as Harilaos Stecopoulos and Noah Mass have tended to downplay the specifi city of Frankie Addams’s experience of female adolescence and the novel’s themes of gender and sexuality. In this article, I examine the dual motifs of captivity and escape in Th e Member of the Wedding and the way in which they are linked to the protagonist’s search for belonging and the development of her gender identity. I suggest 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

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The Southern Literary JournalUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: May 29, 2015

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