Coming of age literature about youth and adolescence

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coming of age literature about youth and adolescence

Coming of Age: Fiction About Youth and Adolescence by Bruce Emra

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An Exploration of Coming of Age Rituals & Rites of Passage in a Modern Era - Ron Fritz - TEDxBend

Sometimes the main character is just so real, you can see your younger self in their personality.
Bruce Emra

Coming of Age, Volume Two: Literature About Youth and Adolescence, Softcover Student Edition

The coming-of-age story, the so-called Bildungsroman in German, has been a popular genre for over a decade. One of the ultimate classics. The book was written in by American author J. The story follows teenage Holden Caulfield, as he wanders through New York after being kicked out of school, evading his parents and making plans of running away into the wild. The book still has a strong influence on modern day culture and has been referenced in film, television, literature, music and video games. Written by American writer Stephen Chbosky in , the story is set in the early 90s.

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In genre studies , a coming-of-age story is a genre of literature , film , and video that focuses on the growth of a protagonist from youth to adulthood " coming of age ". Coming-of-age stories tend to emphasize dialogue or internal monologue over action, and are often set in the past. The subjects of coming-of-age stories are typically teenagers. In film, coming of age is a genre of teen films. Coming-of-age films focus on the psychological and moral growth or transition of a protagonist from youth to adulthood.

Over the past week, the Internet has been aflame with an argument over Young Adult books. Ruth Graham, writing at Slate , was the initial bomb thrower. Using the release of the movie based on the megahit YA novel The Fault in Our Stars by John Green as a peg, she admonished readers, "Adults should feel embarrassed about reading literature written for children," because the books are insufficiently sophisticated and complex. Disclosure: I used to edit Ruth at Slate and think she's just great, though I and tons of others, who vigorously pushed back against her disagree with her on this particular point. I mostly disagree with her because, as she admits, the definition of YA is so fuzzy. One of the most famous YA books, Catcher in the Rye , was not written with teenagers in mind, a historian and critic tells Doll. When I was a teenager, I loved all books about young women coming of age, and I'm glad YA was not so heavily marketed as such because I was a snotty contrarian and probably wouldn't have wanted to read books that were specifically geared towards me.

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  1. Coming of Age: Fiction About Youth and Adolescence is the best selling anthology of adolescent-focused literature. Classic and contemporary fiction selections.

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