Perhaps the best general introduction to family systems theory is Augustus Y.
See also a special issue devoted to family systems theory in Style, 31.
6) Work in Family Systems Theory
was pioneered by Bateson and his colleagues at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Palo Alto, California.
As discussed above, Family Systems Theory
(FST) and practical criticism offer one useful literary alternative to conceptualizing humankind-as-individual-monads (cf.
The title of Powers's novel is telling and relevant from the perspective of Family Systems Theory as it characterizes the complexity, currency, secrecy, and consequent blighted compromise that mark family relationships?
Robert Axelrod, in his seminal work The Evolution of Cooperation, asks a significant question that we can consider as we employ a Family Systems Theory perspective to understand the Hobson family: "Under what conditions will cooperation emerge in a world of egoists without central authority?
In terms of Family Systems Theory, home is part of a larger coevolutionary ecosystem.
Together with Family Systems Theory, phenomenological and cognitive ideas of feelings allow readers to see Lily's nostalgia as a management device that aids her as she adjudicates transitions and dislocations in modern New York City.
Besides many publications on American and African-American literature, he has published articles using family systems theory
on William Faulkner and Louise Erdrich.
One of the many advantages this contemporary theory provides is an understanding of how the "self" evolves as part of a social environment; family systems theory goes beyond the self as a psychologically separate unit.
As literary critics we can apply family systems theory to their predicaments.
Cohen places Richardson's Clarissa, Austen's Mansfield Park, Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, Eliot's The Mill on the Floss, and James's The Awkward Age in the context of the family systems theory
that emerged from schizophrenia research (see Kerr and Bowen; Laing).