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Coming to terms with coming of age: Constructions of female adolescence in contemporary fiction for adults and young adults


2006 2006

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Abstract (summary)

This study explores the constructions of female adolescence in late twentieth-century American novels by women, written for both adult and young adult readers. It analyzes theories of adolescence by examining sociological and psychological studies of girlhood, literary discussions of the female bildungsroman, and current debates about the genre of young adult fiction. This project examines several young adult coming-of-age novels and focuses specifically on the narrative strategies which women writers employ as they attempt to define adolescence for teen girls. Furthermore, this study dissects recurring motifs of female adolescence---of fairy tales, the body and voice---and argues that the subversive power of the dual narratives in the coming-of-age novels by Kathy Acker, Margaret Atwood, Sandra Cisneros, Loorie Moore, and Toni Morrison, enables these texts to expose and explode dominant myths surrounding female adolescence.

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Subject
American literature;
Literature;
Canadian literature
Classification
0591: American literature
0298: Literature
0352: Canadian literature
Identifier / keyword
Language, literature and linguistics; Acker, Kathy; Adolescence; Atwood, Margaret; Cisneros, Sandra; Coming of age; Fiction; Girls; Kathy Acker; Loorie Moore; Margaret Atwood; Moore, Loorie; Morrison, Toni; Sandra Cisneros; Toni Morrison; Young adult literature
Title
Coming to terms with coming of age: Constructions of female adolescence in contemporary fiction for adults and young adults
Author
Nashel, Tracy Ann
Number of pages
175
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0072
Source
DAI-A 67/01, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542487576, 0542487578
Advisor
Pitchford, Nicola
University/institution
Fordham University
University location
United States -- New York
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3201135
ProQuest document ID
305331634
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305331634
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