Coming of Age in 9/11 Fiction: Bildungsroman and Loss of Innocence
Lampert, Jo (2015) Coming of Age in 9/11 Fiction: Bildungsroman and Loss of Innocence. In Kieran, David (Ed.) The War of My Generation: Youth Culture and the War on Terror. Rutgers University Press, New Jersey, USA, pp. 171-189.
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Directly after the horrific events of September 11, 2001, many Americans were saying the same thing: the world has changed forever. They were overwhelmed with a sense that “the party was over.” It was clear that America had lost its innocence; it now had to “grow up.” Much of the fiction produced since 9/11 and with 9/11 at its core provides evidence of the larger cultural belief that September 11 was a turning point (much like adolescence) from which there is no turning back. In this chapter, I examine how three post-9/11 novels—Lorrie Moore’s A Gate at the Stairs, Joyce Maynard’s The Usual Rules, and John Updike’s Terrorist—position readers to understand September 11 as a moment that changed how young Americans come of age.
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|Item Type:||Book Chapter|
|Keywords:||young adult fiction, September 11, terrorism|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LITERARY STUDIES (200500)
|Divisions:||Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2015 Rutgers University Press|
|Deposited On:||01 Jun 2015 00:36|
|Last Modified:||14 Dec 2015 05:59|
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