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Citation and Resuscitation

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/9780748621736.003.0004
Citation and Resuscitation

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This chapter discusses Jeffrey Eugenides' The Virgin Suicides and Rick Moody's Purple America, which are dedicated to the dramatisation of the long-term consequences of experiences that occur during adolescence. These novels offer adolescence as a defining moment and show the individual to be symptomatic of a declining culture. It also visualises the coming of age as full of anguish and loss.

Keywords: adolescent experiences; defining moment; anguish; loss; dramatisation; declining culture

Chapter.  12290 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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