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Treating Catcher as a cultural Rorschach test, In Cold Fear tracks debate discourse in open-ended interviews, public media, editorial letters, and in school board and community meetings across the United States. Debate participants express common agreement with Salinger's critique of postwar American life but are divided over whether adolescents should be exposed to or protected from this perspective. In Cold Fear provides historical post-holes for understanding how differing audiences interpreted Catcher and offers a suggestive context for understanding the contemporary anxieties of America's "troubled teens."
|1||The Catcher in the Rye as Postwar American Fable||15|
|2||The Question of Innocence||29|
|3||The Critical Perspective||44|
|5||The Catcher Controversies as Cultural Debate||106|
|6||Conflict and Character||140|
|Afterword: In Cold Fear||161|