American Boarding School Fiction, 1928–1981: A Critical by Alexander H. Pitofsky

By Alexander H. Pitofsky

while boarding-school fiction grew to become renowned within the nineteenth century, it tended to be hot and sentimental, packed with sporting activities, functional jokes, and schemes to get despite campus bullies. All of that modified within the period mentioned during this e-book. Holden Caulfield, the narrator of J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher within the Rye, drops out of 1 prep tuition and is expelled from others. The conflicts among scholars in John Knowles’s Devon tuition novels turn into so heated that younger males die. And within the arguable novel Good Times/Bad Times, James Kirkwood portrays the headmaster of a personal academy as closeted, deeply neurotic, and infatuated with an 18-year-old who has lately enrolled at his school.
despite their unsettling photos of affliction and cruelty, those and different American boarding-school novels have attracted huge audiences and stimulated numerous college narratives in fiction, drama, tv and movie. Many books were written approximately British university tales. this can be the 1st examine that explores the heritage of boarding-school fiction within the United States.

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