Coming of Age in Jon Krakauer s Into the Wild

Dad in a flashback that is not in the book. “I am God,” Dad responds. (William Hurt, precise as ever, shows us that Dad is 82.3 percent joking.) Chris is thus the Son of God who dies for our sins—or, more to the point, for God's, ...

Author: Noël Merino

Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing LLC

ISBN: 9780737769777

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

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The subject of endless speculation, Chris McCandless abrupt journey into the American wilderness and his subsequent mysterious death play a central role in Jon Krakauer's 1996 nonfiction book Into the Wild. This comprehensive edition provides an in-depth analysis of the life, work, and career of author Jon Krakauer, focusing particularly on the theme of coming of age as it relates to Into the Wild. Readers are presented with a series of essays that tackle questions about McCandless' death, the substantiality of Krakauer's theories, and the parallels between McCandless' story and other travel-based coming of age stories. Modern perspectives on coming of age and travel narratives are also discussed, allowing readers examine concepts such as self-actualization, the relationship between travel and gender, and the dangers of inexperienced traveling.
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Boy Culture An Encyclopedia 2 volumes

A recent example of this narrative is Jon Krakauer's nonfiction book Into the Wild (1996), based on the extreme ... Numerous coming-of-age novels represent individual struggles of male adolescents during times of war or trauma.

Author: Shirley R. Steinberg

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780313350818

Category: Social Science

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In this two-volume set, a series of expert contributors look at what it means to be a boy growing up in North America, with entries covering everything from toys and games, friends and family, and psychological and social development. • 166 entries on specific aspects of boyhood life in North America today, ranging from boy-centered toys, games, and media to issues of masculinity and confusing notions of manhood • Expert contributors from a variety of academic and professional disciplines, providing insight into a range of issues related to the lives of North American boys • Bibliographic listings of works cited and further reading in print and online • A comprehensive index
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Trust Me It s Paradise The Escapist Motif in Into the Wild The Beach and Are You Experienced

The travel motif furthermore puts a particular emphasis on the coming-of-age and initiation aspects of the hero. ... 1.1.2 Into The Wild(1996) In Into The Wild, author and journalist Jon Krakauer tells the story of Christopher ...

Author: Hannes Krehan

Publisher: Anchor Academic Publishing (aap_verlag)

ISBN: 9783954891856

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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The author analyzes three books on escapism and the various ways in which it is represented in them. He focuses on Alex Garland’s backpacker cult novel 'The Beach' and William Sutcliffe’s satire of the gap-year traveler 'Are You Experienced?' as well as Jon Krakauer’s non-fiction book 'Into the Wild'.The first part of the analysis deals with the influence of literary genres like the Bildungsroman and travel literature. Unreliable narration as a narrative strategy is taken into consideration, as well as the colonial subtext of 'The Beach' and 'Are You Experienced?'. In 'Into the Wild' nature writing and road narratives are an integral part of the narrative.The second part deals with cultural aspects such as questions of authenticity that are raised during the narratives, the role of drugs as a means of escape, and also the problematic relationship between travelers and tourists. Finally, the author compares two film adaptations, Danny Boyle’s 'The Beach' (2000) and Sean Penn’s 'Into the Wild' (2007), with their corresponding literary source texts.
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The Wild Truth

But the real story of Chris’s life and his journey has not yet been told - until now. The missing pieces are finally revealed in The Wild Truth, written by Carine McCandless, Chris's beloved and trusted sister.

Author: Carine McCandless

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780062325167

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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A New York Times Bestseller "The Wild Truth is an important book on two fronts: It sets the record straight about a story that has touched thousands of readers, and it opens up a conversation about hideous domestic violence hidden behind a mask of prosperity and propriety."– The spellbinding story of Chris McCandless, who gave away his savings, hitchhiked to Alaska, walked into the wilderness alone, and starved to death in 1992, fascinated not just New York Times bestselling author Jon Krakauer, but also the rest of the nation. Krakauer's book,Into the Wild, became an international bestseller, translated into thirty-one languages, and Sean Penn's inspirational film by the same name further skyrocketed Chris McCandless to global fame. But the real story of Chris’s life and his journey has not yet been told - until now. The missing pieces are finally revealed in The Wild Truth, written by Carine McCandless, Chris's beloved and trusted sister. Featured in both the book and film, Carine has wrestled for more than twenty years with the legacy of her brother's journey to self-discovery, and now tells her own story while filling in the blanks of his. Carine was Chris's best friend, the person with whom he had the closest bond, and who witnessed firsthand the dysfunctional and violent family dynamic that made Chris willing to embrace the harsh wilderness of Alaska. Growing up in the same troubled household, Carine speaks candidly about the deeper reality of life in the McCandless family. In the many years since the tragedy of Chris's death, Carine has searched for some kind of redemption. In this touching and deeply personal memoir, she reveals how she has learned that real redemption can only come from speaking the truth.
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Carson McCullers in the Twenty First Century

Finally, is Jon Krakauer wise when he injects himself into a tale about Chris McCandless and a sojourn into the Alaska wilderness? Is the author's presence in the story a distraction? Does Krakauer's personal point of view disrupt or ...

Author: Alison Graham-Bertolini

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319402925

Category: Literary Criticism

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The contributors to this volume use diverse critical techniques to identify how Carson McCullers’ writing engages with and critiques modern social structures and how her work resonates with a twenty-first century audience. The collection includes chapters about McCullers’ fiction, autobiographical writing, and dramatic works, and is groundbreaking because it includes the first detailed scholarly examination of new archival material donated to Columbus State University after the 2013 death of Dr. Mary Mercer, McCullers’ psychiatrist and friend, including transcripts of the psychiatric sessions that took place between McCullers and Mercer in 1958. Further, the collection covers the scope of McCullers’ canon of work, such as The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1940), The Member of the Wedding (1946), and Ballad of the Sad Café (1943), through lenses that are of growing interest in contemporary literary studies, including comparative transatlantic readings, queer theory, disability studies, and critical animal theory, among others.
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Geography and the Art of Life

See Jonathan Raban , Passage to Juneau : A Sea and Its Meanings ( New York : Vintage Books , 2000 ) , 93-95 . 5. See Edward S. Casey , Getting Back into Place ( Bloomington ... Jon Krakauer , Into the Wild ( New York : Doubleday ...

Author: Edmunds Valdemars Bunkse

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 0801877229

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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"Offers a singularly courageous, personal account of learning how to pour the poetics of space into the art of life." -- Geografishe Annales B: Human Geography
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Reading Autobiography

Ecobiography is also taken up in life writing that narrates the adventures of subjects merged with or even lost in the wilderness. In Into the Wild Jon Krakauer imagines the interior life of Chris McCandless, a young adventurer in the ...

Author: Sidonie Smith

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9781452931081

Category: Literary Criticism

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With the memoir boom, life storytelling has become ubiquitous and emerged as a distinct field of study. Reading Autobiography, originally published in 2001, was the first comprehensive critical introduction to life writing in all its forms. Widely adopted for undergraduate and graduate-level courses, it is an essential guide for students and scholars reading and interpreting autobiographical texts and methods across the humanities, social sciences, and visual and performing arts. Thoroughly updated, the second edition of Reading Autobiography is the most complete assessment of life narrative in its myriad forms. It lays out a sophisticated, theoretical approach to life writing and the components of autobiographical acts, including memory, experience, identity, embodiment, space, and agency. Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson explore these components, review the history of life writing and the foundations of autobiographical subjectivity, and provide a toolkit for working with twenty-three key concepts. Their survey of innovative forms of life writing, such as autographics and installation self-portraiture, charts recent shifts in autobiographical practice. Especially useful for courses are the appendices: a glossary covering dozens of distinct genres of life writing, proposals for group and classroom projects, and an extensive bibliography.
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Children s Books in Print 2007

Illus . by Terry Into the Widening World : International Coming - of - Age Into Wild Galápagos . Jeff Corwin . ... Into the Wild . Jon Krakauer . 1997. ( gr . 7-12 ) . lib . bdg . 22.20 ( 978-1-4103-0232-8 ( 6 ) ) ; ( gr . 4-7 ) .



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Boy Culture

A recent example of this narrative is Jon Krakauer's nonfiction book Into the Wild ( 1996 ) , based on the extreme ... Numerous coming - of - age novels represent individual struggles of male adolescents during times of war or trauma .

Author: Shirley R. Steinberg


ISBN: 0313350841

Category: Boys

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Writing at the End of the World

So the information that comes with age, the information that comes at night, brings news of futility, ignorance, ... —Chris McCandless in Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild Chris McCandless's misadventures in the Alaskan wilderness are now ...

Author: Richard E. Miller

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Pre

ISBN: 9780822972846

Category: Education

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What do the humanities have to offer in the twenty-first century? Are there compelling reasons to go on teaching the literate arts when the schools themselves have become battlefields? Does it make sense to go on writing when the world itself is overrun with books that no one reads? In these simultaneously personal and erudite reflections on the future of higher education, Richard E. Miller moves from the headlines to the classroom, focusing in on how teachers and students alike confront the existential challenge of making life meaningful. In meditating on the violent events that now dominate our daily lives—school shootings, suicide bombings, terrorist attacks, contemporary warfare—Miller prompts a reconsideration of the role that institutions of higher education play in shaping our daily experiences, and asks us to reimagine the humanities as centrally important to the maintenance of a compassionate, secular society. By concentrating on those moments when individuals and institutions meet and violence results, Writing at the End of the World provides the framework that students and teachers require to engage in the work of building a better future.
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