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Coming of Age in Contemporary American Fiction$
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Kenneth Millard

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748621736

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748621736.001.0001

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In the Name of the Father

In the Name of the Father

(p.15) Chapter 1 In the Name of the Father
Coming of Age in Contemporary American Fiction

Kenneth Millard

Edinburgh University Press

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

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