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Published: 10 January 2019

224 Pages | 16 Illustrations


ISBN: 9780198831884

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Adulthood and Other Fictions

American Literature and the Unmaking of Age

Sari Edelstein

  • Introduces age as an analytical category for reading American literature and offers new readings of well-known US literary texts by writers such as Louisa May Alcott, Frederick Douglass, and Henry James
  • Demonstrates that adulthood functions as an ideological instrument as much as a biological imperative
  • Argues for an intersectional understanding of age and exposes how discourses of age—especially when applied to women and African Americans—were marshalled to reinforce social hierarchies