Critical Insights: The Outsiders, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1682176878
  • ISBN-13: 9781682176870
  • DDC: 813.54
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 300 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released July 2018
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018
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This volume celebrates the 50th anniversary of Hinton's groundbreaking novel about teenaged "greasers" by exploring concepts of the Other, the portrait of Ponyboy Curtis as an artist, and The Outsiders as a postmodern work, among other topics. While the novel is often recognized for its maturation themes and its novelty as a young adult work, it also explores ideas such as free will versus determinism and the definition of heroism.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
About This Volume.
On The Outsiders.
S. E. Hinton: Matriarch of Young Adult Literature, Observer in the Moment.
Critical Contexts.
1: Lawyer Up, Ponyboy: Reconciling Delinquency Outcomes in S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders with Trends in Modern Juvenile Justice.
2: Critical Reception: The Outsiders.
3: “You greasers have a different set of values”: Othering, Violence, and the Promise of Reconciliation in S.E Hinton's The Outsiders.
4: “Things are rough all over” Indeed: Suffering and Salvation in James Baldwin's “Sonny's Blues” and S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders.
Critical Readings.
5: S. E. Hinton on The Outsiders: A Compendium of Interviews.
6: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Greaser: The Outsiders as Künstlerroman.
7: “It's like being in a Halloween costume we can't get out of”: Identity and Authenticity in S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders.
8: “I'm going to look just like him”: S. E. Hinton's Young Adult Novels and the Fraternal Lens.
9: S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders and Theories of Moral Development.
10: Robert Frost's Seasons of the Self in The Outsiders.
11: “Soda attracted girls like honey draws flies”: The Outsiders, the Boy Band Formula, and Adolescent Sexuality.
12: Greasers and Gallants: Writing Realism, Romanticism, and Identity in The Outsiders.
13: Gold and Magic—Ponyboy Curtis and Harry Potter: Binaries, Hierarchies, and Privilege.
14: “You've Seen Too Much to Be Innocent”: The Outsiders, the Myth of American Youth, and Young Adult Literature.
Chronology of S. E. Hinton's Life.
Works by S. E. Hinton.
About the Editor.