I Change Therefore I Am: Growing up in the Sixties

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:
I Change Therefore I Am: Growing up in the Sixties

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This chapter looks at the 1960s as a period of unparalleled social upheaval in the United States, and examines two novels that use a dispassionate third-person perspective in order to present a critique of the legacy of the 1960s, as understood from their viewpoints. These novels also try to determine the specific features of the 1960s that gave the decade its particular character and offer representations of coming of age that show how adolescence was informed by that historical moment. Both novels also raise issues about the place of social responsibility and the possible abuse of power. The chapter carefully scrutinises moral and ethical values as well.

Keywords: 1960s; social upheaval; representations; coming of age; adolescence; social responsibility; abuse of power; moral values; ethical values

Chapter.  12379 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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