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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

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

Kenneth Millard

Edinburgh University Press

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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