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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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Citation and Resuscitation

Citation and Resuscitation

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(p.72) Chapter 3 Citation and Resuscitation
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Coming of Age in Contemporary American Fiction
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Kenneth Millard

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748621736.003.0004

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

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