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The John Updike Review, University of Cincinnati, Vol. 3, No. 1, Spring 2014.

http://www.updikereview.com/?p=118

Abstract

This article considers the ways in which John Updike creates female characters who suffer in some way so that their family units can remain intact. His Rabbit novels privilege the so-called nuclear family as an abiding family form, one which rests upon the sacrificial choices made by girls and women. It uses Family Systems Theory as a tool of interpretation in reading the texts and establishing their underlying ethos.

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