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Adventures on the isle of adolescence: forms of contemporary American girlhood

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This thesis examines how a revised version of the coming-of-age narrative has emerged in a range of contemporary novels, which offer feminist revisions of American girlhood through formal, thematic, and ideological departures from the traditional gendered narrative conventions of adolescence. Through this examination, this thesis argues that the American girl has been transformed from a flat aesthetic object in earlier iterations of the coming-of-age narrative, to a dynamic socio-political...

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English Faculty
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Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
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University of Oxford

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