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Author Tribunella, Eric L

Title Melancholia and maturation : the use of trauma in American children's literature / Eric L. Tribunella
Edition 1st ed
Published Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, ©2010


Description 1 online resource (xxxvii, 161 pages)
Contents Losing and using queer youth -- A boy and his dog -- Knowing, unknowing, and the achievement of young adulthood -- Melancholic development and Revolutionary War fiction for children -- Melancholic sacrifice and the Holocaust in American children's culture -- Coda: physical trauma, childhood embodiment, and children's literature
Summary Coming of age in children's fiction often means achieving maturity through the experience of trauma. In classics ranging from Old Yeller to The Outsiders, a narrative of psychological pain defies expectations of childhood as a time of innocence and play. In this provocative new book, Eric L. Tribunella explores why trauma, especially the loss of a loved object, occurs in some of the most popular and critically acclaimed twentieth-century American fiction for children. Tribunella draws on queer theory and feminist revisions of Freud's notion of melancholia, which is described as a fundame
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Maturation (Psychology) in literature.
Loss (Psychology) in literature.
Psychic trauma in literature.
Children's stories, American -- History and criticism
Young adult fiction, American -- History and criticism
Bildungsromans, American -- History and criticism
LITERARY CRITICISM -- American -- General.
Bildungsromans, American
Children's stories, American
Loss (Psychology) in literature
Maturation (Psychology) in literature
Psychic trauma in literature
Young adult fiction, American
développement affectif -- littérature pour la jeunesse américaine (Etats-Unis) -- traumatisme psychique -- 20e s.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781572336896