Publication Date

April 2017

Advisor(s)

Indira Karamcheti

Major

College of Letters

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

This essay analyzes the representation of childhood innocence in three texts by J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, “A Perfect Day for Bananafish,” and “Raise High the Roofbeams, Carpenters,” along with Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov. While traditional scholarship often directly opposes the two authors, this essay argues for their striking similarity in terms of the representation of childhood innocence. Ultimately, it contends, all four texts provide a resounding critique of the traditional myths of innocence.

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