‘Is Holden Caulfield Still Real?: the body of theory and practice in young adult literature’

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/126765
Title:
‘Is Holden Caulfield Still Real?: the body of theory and practice in young adult literature’
Authors:
Waller, Alison
Abstract:
Harold Bloom’s observation finds illustration in the literary comparisons, cultural allusions and passing references to J. D. Salinger’s ‘timeless’ hero, which abound in various discourses of adolescence. Holden Caulfield is portrayed as the archetypal teenager, just as The Catcher in the Rye (1951) is often considered to be an archetypal teenage novel; yet both these assumptions are, to some extent, inaccurate. I would argue that popular assumptions about the figure of Holden Caulfield are symptomatic of a wider tendency within the discursive field of adolescence, to unquestioningly conflate fact and fiction, theory and representation. This essay traces the discursive sphere in which Holden Caulfield functions, both as a universalised image of the teenager, and as a literary forbear for young adult fiction. This specific example serves to introduce broader issues of how fictional constructs are intimately bound to factual and theoretical discourses of adolescence.
Citation:
‘Is Holden Caulfield Still Real?: the body of theory and practice in young adult literature’ (2004) in S. Chapleau (ed.) Childhood, Adulthood and Children’s Literature. Pied Piper Publishing: The British Children’s Literature Research Forum. pp. 97-104.
Publisher:
Pied Piper Publishing
Issue Date:
2004
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/126765
Additional Links:
http://www.piedpiperpublishing.com/newvoices.htm
Type:
Book chapter
Language:
en
ISSN:
0954638441
Appears in Collections:
Department of English and Creative Writing Collection

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dc.identifier.citation‘Is Holden Caulfield Still Real?: the body of theory and practice in young adult literature’ (2004) in S. Chapleau (ed.) Childhood, Adulthood and Children’s Literature. Pied Piper Publishing: The British Children’s Literature Research Forum. pp. 97-104.en
dc.identifier.issn0954638441-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10142/126765-
dc.description.abstractHarold Bloom’s observation finds illustration in the literary comparisons, cultural allusions and passing references to J. D. Salinger’s ‘timeless’ hero, which abound in various discourses of adolescence. Holden Caulfield is portrayed as the archetypal teenager, just as The Catcher in the Rye (1951) is often considered to be an archetypal teenage novel; yet both these assumptions are, to some extent, inaccurate. I would argue that popular assumptions about the figure of Holden Caulfield are symptomatic of a wider tendency within the discursive field of adolescence, to unquestioningly conflate fact and fiction, theory and representation. This essay traces the discursive sphere in which Holden Caulfield functions, both as a universalised image of the teenager, and as a literary forbear for young adult fiction. This specific example serves to introduce broader issues of how fictional constructs are intimately bound to factual and theoretical discourses of adolescence.en
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