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Twain, Alcott, and the Birth of the Adolescent Reform Novel
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Trites argues that Twain and Alcott wrote on similar topics because they were so deeply affected by the Civil War, by cataclysmic emotional and financial losses in their families, by their cultural immersion in the tenets of Protestant philosophy, and by sexual tensions that may have stimulated their interest in writing for adolescents, Trites demonstrates how the authors participated in a cultural dynamic that marked the changing nature of adolescence in America, provoking a literary sentiment that continues to inform young adult literature. Both intuited that the transitory nature of adolescence makes it ripe for expression about human potential for change and reform.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xviii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. p. xix
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  1. 1. Fantasy of Self-Reliance: An Introductory Biography
  2. pp. 1-30
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  1. 2. The Metaphor of the Adolescent Reformer: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Little Women
  2. pp. 31-53
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  1. 3. Historical Interlude: Vita Religiosa and Romantic Evangelism
  2. pp. 54-69
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  1. 4. Education and Reform: Victorian Progressivism in Youth Literature
  2. pp. 70-91
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  1. 5. Gender and Reform: New Women and True Womanhood
  2. pp. 92-113
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  1. 6. Historical Interlude: Authors, Authority, and Publication
  2. pp. 114-142
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  1. 7. Adolescent Reform Novels: The Legacy of Twain and Alcott
  2. pp. 143-162
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 163-164
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 165-182
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 183-195
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 197-209
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