Lexicon of Love

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:
Lexicon of Love

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This chapter discusses the idea that there is a tradition of women working in the coming-of-age genre. It introduces the bildungsroman, which has traditionally been understood as a male genre. It then considers the question of whether the conceptions of the coming-of-age genre are changed by the female writers working in it. The chapter also takes a look at two novels that dramatise young women who are struggling with the stereotypes of domestic conformity, searching for a language of subjectivity, and negotiating ideas about social responsibility.

Keywords: women writers; bildungsroman; stereotypes; domestic conformity; social responsibility; subjectivity

Chapter.  11215 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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