American Boarding School Fiction, 1928-1981: A Critical Study

American Boarding School Fiction, 1928-1981: A Critical Study

by Alexander H. Pitofsky


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786478651
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 07/25/2014
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Alexander H. Pitofsky, a professor of English at Appalachian State University, has published articles on American novels in Twentieth Century Literature, Studies in American Culture, Papers on Language & Literature, The Mark Twain Annual, and other journals. He lives in Hickory, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Introduction; "The Freshest Boy" and the Prep-School Myth 1

1 Masculine Competition and Boarding-School Culture in The Catcher in the Rye 11

2 Unseen Academy: John Knowles's A Separate Peace 33

3 Campus Politics and Endless Adolescence in The Rector of Justin 54

4 Sexuality, Gothic Melodrama, and Boarding-School Fiction: James Kirkwood's Good Times/Bad Times 77

5 "That was what made the school so useless": Anti-Prep Broadsides and A Good School 108

6 Isolation and Conflict in Tea and Sympathy and Peace Breaks Out 134

Conclusion: An Indestructible Myth 160

Chapter Notes 173

Works Cited 187

Index 195

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