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    The Catcher in the Rye and the ill member of the group: Holden Caulfield and adolescent development

    Priest, Benjamin (2016) The Catcher in the Rye and the ill member of the group: Holden Caulfield and adolescent development. Psychodynamic Practice 22 (3), pp. 209-222. ISSN 1475-3634.

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    Abstract

    This paper is an attempt to explore J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye (1951/1958) in relation to Winnicott’s theories of adolescent development, also with regard to psychodynamic theories of symbolism, mourning, defence mechanisms and containment. I consider the significance of the novel’s protagonist and narrator Holden Caulfield. What is the reason for the enduring popularity of his voice and its influence on the tone of subsequent adolescent literature? To answer this question, I examine the role this iconic, troubled character may play in the development of the adolescent reader.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): adolescent, Winnicott, Salinger, mourning, containment, literature
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Psychosocial Studies
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2016 09:36
    Last Modified: 03 Nov 2017 09:43
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/15791

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