ERIC Number: ED479859
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May-31
Understanding "The Catcher in the Rye": A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents.
Pinsker, Sanford; Pinsker, Ann
The social, cultural, and historical documents and commentary in this casebook illuminate the reading of "The Catcher in the Rye," a novel that has become an important rite of passage for many young adults. In addition to a literary analysis, the casebook acquaints students with the larger world in which Holden Caulfield, the protagonist, moves: Hollywood films, Broadway plays, and jazz musicians. It also presents a detailed account of the censorship challenges to the novel, and provides primary documents on child development and psychology that illuminate Holden's contradictory behavior. Chapters in the casebook are: Introduction; Literary Analysis; Censorship of "The Catcher in the Rye"; America's Post-War Culture; Preparatory Schools; Holden Caulfield at the Movies; and Holden Caulfield on the Analyst's Couch. Each chapter concludes with topic ideas for written and oral discussion based on the materials presented in the chapter--the casebook is designed for student research and for interdisciplinary teaching of the novel. (NKA)
Descriptors: Censorship, Class Activities, Cultural Context, Instructional Materials, Learning Activities, Literary Criticism, Novels, Primary Sources, Reader Response, Secondary Education, Student Research, United States Literature
Greenwood Publishing Group, 88 Post Road West, P.O. Box 5007, Westport, CT 06881-5007 ($49.95). Fax: 203-750-9790; Web site: http://www.greenwood.com.
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
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