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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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Introduction: Contemporary Coming of Age – Subject to Change

Introduction: Contemporary Coming of Age – Subject to Change

(p.1) Introduction: Contemporary Coming of Age – Subject to Change
Coming of Age in Contemporary American Fiction

Kenneth Millard

Edinburgh University Press

This introductory chapter discusses coming of age and its representation in American modern fiction. It considers the importance of adolescents in society, and looks at the people's understanding of adolescence, which is presented in coming-of-age novels. It addresses the various issues of genre, which is considered to be useful to the study of adolescence. The chapter also identifies the usual characteristics of the modern novel of adolescence.

Keywords:   coming of age, modern fiction, adolescence, novel of adolescence, issues of genre

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