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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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I Change Therefore I Am: Growing up in the Sixties

I Change Therefore I Am: Growing up in the Sixties

(p.46) Chapter 2 I Change Therefore I Am: Growing up in the Sixties
Coming of Age in Contemporary American Fiction

Kenneth Millard

Edinburgh University Press

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

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