The past due Nineties and early 2000s witnessed a surge within the booklet and recognition of autobiographical writings approximately adolescence. Linking literary and cultural stories, Contesting formative years attracts on a diverse choice of works from a various variety of authorsùfrom first-time to skilled writers. Kate Douglas explores Australian money owed of the Stolen iteration, modern American and British narratives of abuse, the bestselling memoirs of Andrea Ashworth, Augusten Burroughs, Robert Drewe, Mary Karr, Frank McCourt, Dave Pelzer, and Lorna Sage, between many others.

Drawing on trauma and reminiscence reviews and theories of authorship and readership, Contesting Childhood deals observation at the triumphs, trials, and tribulations that experience formed this style. Douglas examines the content material of the narratives and the boundaries in their representations, in addition to a number of the ways that autobiographies of minor became politically vital and influential. This learn permits readers to find how tales configure formative years inside cultural reminiscence and the general public sphere.

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