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Coming-of-age literature captures the liminal state of adolescense while also serving as a tool for broader social critique, providing a cultural examination through the eyes of someone still a bit outside of the adult world's norms and vaules. The role of race in American coming-of-age tales, for instance, especially underlines this point. Just as James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, and Richard Wright used the genre as a prism to examine relations between blacks and whites in America, authors of various races and ethnicities have similarities used the coming-of-age framework as a way to constellate their own position in American society. Other social dynamics also have been examined. Holden Caulfield, for example, challenges conformity, adolescent sexuality, and the oppression of social expectations. The coming-of-age genre thus comprehends both the terrain of the personal and the historically specific territory of a work's moment of creation. In this sense, that fancy German term, Bildungsroman, provides some illumination: the notion that a person is an act of construction, and all of the experiences of a person's life are building blocks that create that final product, the self-conscious adult. In the American context, the very complexity of the American mosaic makes the coming-of-age genre such rich territory.
Catcher in the Rye
by J.D. Salinger (1951)
"I keep picturing all these kids playing some game in this big field of rye.... What I have to do," Holden explains, "I have to catch everybody if they start to go over a cliff." Can J.D. Salinger's classic still tell us anything about what it means to be American? Let's start this series by revisiting that too-wise-for-his-age smart aleck Holden Caulfield and his quest for the un-phony.
Monday, March 9th, 7:00 PM. Discussion Leader: Tom Prasch, History Professor at Washburn University
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
by Ruth Reichl (1998)
"I was slowly discovering that if you watched people as they ate, you could find out who they were." Through food, Ruth Reichl also comes to learn who she is. By turns moving and hilarious, nostalgic and hopeful, she recalls the long road from her upbringing (with parents indifferent to the appeals of the palate) to her chosen profession of restaurant reviewer, with foreign travel and dumpster diving along the way, and a recipe to punctuate each chapter.
Monday, March 30th, 7:00 PM. Discussion Leader: Marillyn E. Klaus, Professor at Kansas University.
by Colson Whitehead (2009)
Benji explains the central terms of his summers away: "First you had to settle the question of out." The "out" is out from school, out for vacation, and out to Sag Harbor, but for the African American elites who made the resort their vacation home, the ins and outs of it were more complex. Fifteen-year-old Benji must try to come to terms with growing up, with African Americanness, and with American popular culture.
Monday, April 13th, 7:00 PM. Discussion Leader: Gene Chavez, Founder & President of Chavez & Associates in Kansas City.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie (2007)
"But we reservation Indians don't get to realize our dreams. We don't get those chances. Or choices. We're just poor. That's all we are." Junior hopes to break the pattern by going to school away from the reservation, but he is treated like a traitor at home and an outsider at school. Although still a teenager, his dilemmas are fully adult: endemic poverty, alcoholism on the reservation, and the difficulty of trying to advance yourself without betraying those you leave behind.
Monday, April 27th, 7:00 PM. Discussion Leader: Michaeline Chance-Reay, Women's Studies Professor at Kansas State.
- The next Monday Evening Movie will be on Monday May 4th at 6:00 PM in the community room. The movie being shown will be Casablanca. More information can be found out at the library.
- The Next Monday Evening Movie will be on Monday June 1st at 6:00 PM in the community room. This will be the first of our summer movies, which will all be G or PG rated. The movie being shown will be Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. More information can be found out at the library.