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Coming of Age in Contemporary American Fiction

Kenneth Millard


This book explores the ways in which a range of recent American novelists have handled the genre of the ‘coming-of-age’ novel, or the Bildungsroman. Novels of this genre characteristically dramatise the vicissitudes of growing up and the trials and tribulations of young adulthood, often presented through depictions of immediate family relationships and other social structures. The book considers a variety of different American cultures (in terms of race, class and gender) and a range of contemporary coming-of-age novels, so that aesthetic judgements about the fiction might be made in the conte ... More

Keywords: American novelists, coming of age, Bildungsroman, growing up, young adulthood, family relationships, social structures, American cultures, social history, national commentary

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780748621736
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748621736.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenneth Millard, author