Who Is Kevin, and Why Do We Need to Talk About Him? Lionel Shriver, Kevin, and the Problem of Representation
'Eva, Franklin and Kevin exemplify not just the absence at the heart of discourses of 'the family' , but the emptiness of the rhetoric of freedom and democracy, and silence about the violence of global capital. Because of this I will leave aside the issues of the monstrous mother (the woman who cannot love her child) and the monstrous child (the son who refuses all social constraints), in favour of an investigation into the ways in which Kevin illuminates the twin issues of neocolonialism and representation.'
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Published 1 November 2009 in Manifesting Australian Literary Feminisms: Nexus and Faultlines. Subjects: American (USA) literature & writers, Feminism.
Cite as: Webb, Jen. ‘Who Is Kevin, and Why Do We Need to Talk About Him? Lionel Shriver, Kevin, and the Problem of Representation.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 24, no. 3-4, 2009, doi: 10.20314/als.a6cd328dd2.