Catcher Lecture Notes

Catcher Lecture Notes - The Catcher in the Rye Lecture...

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The Catcher in the Rye Lecture Notes , Mr. Stultz I. Salinger, J. D. (Jerome David) b. 1919 A. Born 1919 Manhattan, NY to Jewish father, European mother B. Dec. 1941 New Yorker accepted story “Slight Rebellion off Madison” about a teenager with “pre-war jitters” (Holden), and then Pearl Harbor hit C. Salinger was one of the first American soldiers in European Theater 1. Utah Beach on D-Day 2. Battle of the Bulge D. Salinger was one of first soldiers to liberate a concentration camp E. Was hospitalized with combat stress disorder F. He resubmitted novel in 1946, but then withdrew it G. Finally published Catcher in July 1951 H. Time magazine: “Some of my best friends are children,' says Jerome David Salinger, 32. “In fact, all of my best friends are children.” I. 30 week bestseller; took off as a paperback 1. highly portable: dog-eared; placed in pockets 2. very affordable J. critical reviews of Catcher : mixed 1. New York Times : “unusually brilliant novel” 2. Faulkner liked it, as did Flannery O’Connor 3. Others didn’t like “immorality and perversion” of Holden 4. Critics split as to whether or not Holden ever matures K. Salinger stopped publishing fiction in 1965 L. Salinger refused to give interviews since 1980 II. Narration A. Bildungsroman: novel of maturation B. Coming-of-Age (apprenticeship novel) C. Bookend structure: framed in California; story proper is Penn., NYC D. Holden’s voice is implicitly male voice E. American voice F. Folksy voice G. Youthful, teenage voice with adult voice behind it 1. conversational style 2. simple language 3. colloquial (slang) 4. lots of repetition 5. cussing 6. many digressions H. Holden is unreliable narrator I. Confession (“If you really want to hear about it…) 1. to a psychiatrist/psychologist? 2. to a priest, monk? 3. to Allie? 4. to Phoebe? J. Narrating from a “rest home” 1. psychiatrist’s office? 2. mental facility?
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The Catcher in the Rye Lecture Notes , Mr. Stultz 3. D.B.’s pad? K. Only rants and complains (no morals) L. Holden is marginalized (exists on the fringes of society) III. Opening Passages A. conditional opening: “If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how   my parents were occupied and all before they had me”
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This note was uploaded on 10/12/2009 for the course UNKNOWN 506 taught by Professor Stultz during the Spring '06 term at Butler.

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