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Adulthood and Other Fictions: American Literature and the Unmaking of Age

Sari Edelstein


While the field of childhood studies has blossomed in recent years, few scholars have taken up the question of age more broadly as a lens for reading American literature. Adulthood and Other Fictions shows how a diverse array of nineteenth-century writers, thinkers, and artists responded to the rise of chronological age in social and political life. Over the course of the century, age was added to the census; schools were organized around age groups; birthday cards were mass-produced; geriatrics became a medical specialty. Adulthood and Other Fictions reads American literature as a rich, criti ... More

Keywords: age, maturity, gender, development, autonomy, dependence, adulthood, queer

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198831884
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198831884.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sari Edelstein, author
Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts, Boston