Adolescence, America, and Postwar Fiction: Developing Figures

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November 2008



Arguing that metaphor and the figurative are central to constructions and narrations of adolescence in America, this book uses a wide array of fictional and critical work, including texts by important authors such as Sylvia Plath, Joyce Carol Oates and Jeffrey Eugenides, to provide original and provocative new readings of adolescence.


Introduction: 'Can You Feel It Yet?': Notes Towards a Poetics of Adolescence in American Literature Unpacking 'Something Dark': Narrating Southern Female Adolescence in Jill McCorkle's The Cheer Leader and Ferris Beach , Josephine Humphreys's Rich in Love , Sylvia Wilkinson's Bone of My Bones , and Thulani Davis's 1959 The Fly, the Earthworm, the Bottle and the Bell Jar: Female Adolescents as Philosophers and Revolutionaries in Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar , Joyce Carol Oates's I'll Take You There , Toni Cade Bambara's 'Sweet Town' and Alice Hoffman's Property Of 'So, to recap': Signifying Adolescence in Danzy Senna's Caucasia and Jeffrey Eugenides's Middlesex Conclusion: To recap, again Bibliography Index


RACHAEL MCLENNAN is holder of a PhD in American Literature, awarded by the University of Glasgow. 


'Heretofore, the study of literary representations of the coming-of-age process has always been a little like adolescence itself: somewhat confused and without direction. Adolescence, America and Postwar Fiction goes a long way towards breaking past the mythologies of youth by interrogating their metaphorical bases. Theoretically sophisticated and compelling in its close readings, McLennan's book moves our understanding of literary adolescence into its own maturity.' - Professor Kirk Curnutt, Troy State University Montgomery, author of Alienated-Youth Fiction
EAN: 9780230205512
ISBN: 0230205518
Untertitel: Developing Figures. Auflage 2008. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2008
Seitenanzahl: 218 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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