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In the Name of the Father

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748621736.003.0002
In the Name of the Father

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This chapter discusses one important issue in the coming-of-age novel, which is finding a satisfactory relationship with the father. It states that coming of age is a drama of coming to terms with the father, as well as all the social and cultural governance for which he stands. The novels studied in this chapter are characterised by absent fathers and various surrogate fathers who are important and potential role models. The chapter also tries to recognise the association between reincarnation and movement in the novels.

Keywords: father; coming to terms; surrogate fathers; role models; reincarnation; movement

Chapter.  14821 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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