Date

4-2014

Department

English and Modern Languages

Degree

Master of Arts (MA)

Chair

Mark Harris

Keywords

American, Counterculture, Holden Caulfield, J. D. Salinger, Postmodernism, The Catcher in the Rye

Disciplines

American Literature | American Popular Culture | American Studies | Cultural History | English Language and Literature | Literature in English, North America | United States History

Abstract

This study covers the influence of The Catcher in the Rye on the 1960s youth counterculture in America. Drawing heavily from postmodern and new historicist theory, The Catcher in the Rye has developed a unique connection with the American public, most notably youth culture. This study examines why youth are so attracted to the character of Holden Caulfield and what implications their connection has meant and will mean for future generations of young Americans.