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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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Lexicon of Love

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Coming of Age in Contemporary American Fiction

Kenneth Millard

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses the idea that there is a tradition of women working in the coming-of-age genre. It introduces the bildungsroman, which has traditionally been understood as a male genre. It then considers the question of whether the conceptions of the coming-of-age genre are changed by the female writers working in it. The chapter also takes a look at two novels that dramatise young women who are struggling with the stereotypes of domestic conformity, searching for a language of subjectivity, and negotiating ideas about social responsibility.

Keywords:   women writers, bildungsroman, stereotypes, domestic conformity, social responsibility, subjectivity

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