J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye: A Routledge Study Guide (Routledge Guides to Literature)

By Sarah Graham

J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher within the Rye (1951) is a twentieth-century vintage. regardless of being some of the most often banned books in the United States, generations of readers have pointed out with the narrator, Holden Caulfield, an offended younger guy who articulates the confusion, cynicism and vulnerability of youth with humour and sincerity.

This consultant to Salinger’s provocative novel offers:

  • an obtainable creation to the textual content and contexts of The Catcher within the Rye
  • a critical heritage, surveying the various interpretations of the textual content from book to the present
  • a number of new severe essays at the The Catcher within the Rye, by way of Sally Robinson, Renee R. Curry, Denis Jonnes, Livia Hekanaho and Clive Baldwin, offering a variety of views at the novel and increasing the assurance of key severe methods pointed out within the survey section
  • cross-references among sections of the advisor, in an effort to recommend hyperlinks among texts, contexts and criticism
  • suggestions for extra reading.

Part of the Routledge courses to Literature sequence, this quantity is vital examining for all these starting distinct examine of The Catcher within the Rye and looking not just a consultant to the unconventional, yet a manner during the wealth of contextual and significant fabric that surrounds Salinger’s text.

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For MacDonald, there's no doubt that the matter with ‘masscult’ (culture converted for presentation via mass media) is that ‘mere reputation’ determines advantage available on the market of client tradition. recognition isn't the challenge in step with se, for MacDonald notes that a few excessive cultural texts were renowned; the matter is that, in masscult, we discover ‘impersonality,’ ‘lack of standards,’ and ‘total subjection to the spectator’. nine ‘Today, within the United States,’ he writes, ‘the calls for of the viewers, which has replaced from a small physique of connoisseurs right into a huge physique of ignoramuses, became the manager standards of good fortune. ’10 whereas neither Salinger nor MacDonald employs an brazenly gendered rhetoric to critique mass nine Dwight MacDonald, ‘Masscult and Midcult’, Partisan overview, 1960, reprinted in D. MacDonald, opposed to the yank Grain, ny: Da Capo Press, 1962, p. 7. 10 MacDonald, opposed to the yankee Grain, p. 18. S A L LY R O B I N S O N seventy five tradition, gender however is implicit in those laments for the misplaced days of solitary genius and independence of brain. Code phrases for ‘feminine’ tradition abound in MacDonald’s critique, within which ‘the least expensive, flimsiest type of melodrama’, ‘bathetic sentimentality’, and ‘the so much vulgar form of theatricality’ compete with ‘the such a lot acute mental research and social observation’, ‘superb comedy’, and ‘great descriptive prose’. eleven Melodrama, sentimentality, and theatricality are associated with the female in a classy method that, as Andreas Huyssen and others have argued, ties real creativity to the masculine. the trendy male artist, ‘the ache loner who stands in irreconcilable competition to fashionable democracy and its inauthentic culture’, needs to conflict opposed to the ‘phoniness’ which defines mass tradition and distances it from the real, masculine expression of real inventive genius. 12 The pull of this romantic ideology is so powerful that it seems that even the place we would least anticipate finding it: in William Whyte’s research of the increase of the service provider guy within the company international. Like MacDonald, who claims ‘mass society, like a crowd, is inchoate [indistinct] and uncreative’, Whyte criticises the recent social ethic for destroying the prospect and tool of person genius. thirteen The ‘false collectivisation’ using the recent emphasis on inventive teams, instead of artistic contributors, relies on a unsuitable trust that teams ‘think’ and ‘create’. Whyte argues that crew advocates, who're now dominant within the sciences and arts, ‘are engaged in a wholesale attempt to tame the humanities of discovery – and people by way of nature suited to it. partly this attempt is propelled via the common distaste of the uncreative guy for the creative’, however it is additionally a part of the self-justifying technique in which the person needs to unavoidably be subordinated to the gang. 14 The solitary genius – the artist writing in his remoted garret, the scientist by myself in his lab – is endangered through the collectivisation of creativity.

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