Introduction: Contemporary Coming of Age – Subject to Change

Kenneth Millard

in Coming of Age in Contemporary American Fiction

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780748621736
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651740 | DOI:
Introduction: Contemporary Coming of Age – Subject to Change

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This introductory chapter discusses coming of age and its representation in American modern fiction. It considers the importance of adolescents in society, and looks at the people's understanding of adolescence, which is presented in coming-of-age novels. It addresses the various issues of genre, which is considered to be useful to the study of adolescence. The chapter also identifies the usual characteristics of the modern novel of adolescence.

Keywords: coming of age; modern fiction; adolescence; novel of adolescence; issues of genre

Chapter.  6396 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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