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Ungdomslitteraturens räddare i nöden: En analys av The Catcher in the Rye av J.D. Salinger och ungdomslitteratur som dess potentiella genre
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In this thesis I aim to analyze the modern classic book The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (1951) in an attempt to determine whether one can categorize it as a Young Adult book or not. The novel itself was published as an adult book, but my research shows that it gets both mentioned and used as an example as a novel that has influenced Young Adult literature since its publication. Furthermore, it features many of the criteria that define Young Adult literature. The aforementioned criteria are as follows: death, drugs, war, sex, alcohol, politics, suffering, gender roles, (sexual) liberation, and absent or unaware parents and adults. In addition, Young Adult literature usually uses a first-person perspective, which has led to discussions about whether the said narrator can be trusted or not. The Catcher in the Rye demonstrates many of these criteria – death, war, sex, alcohol, suffering, and parental figures and their roles. In my analysis, I focus on death, parents and the narration, specifically whether or not Holden Caulfield can be classified as an unreliable narrator.

By researching the history of Young Adult literature – when it first appears as a genre and how the events come about – as well as looking into the criteria that defines the genre, I perform my analysis by doing a close reading of The Catcher in the Rye. By using my newfound facts, I discuss whether or not the novel can be categorized as Young Adult literature.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 29 p.
Keyword [en]
Young Adult literature, The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger, genre, criteria
Keyword [sv]
ungdomslitteratur, The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger, genre, kriterier
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Languages and Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-31811OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-31811DiVA: diva2:1067458
Subject / course
Comparative Literature
Uppsok
Humanities, Theology
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Available from: 2017-01-23 Created: 2017-01-20 Last updated: 2017-01-23Bibliographically approved

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