The knowing child’s quest in contemporary American fiction

A particular cultural icon is the theme of the adolescent, usually male, who sets out from the countryside to seek his fortune in the city.

The image of an adolescent growing up and making sense of the world is a familiar icon in many cultures around the world. Yuki Namiki from Tokyo Kasei University in Japan looks at how two 21st century American novels use the trope in line with literary tradition but also depart from it to explore family relationships in contemporary society. Both […]

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