Monday, March 31, 2014

Striking Gold at the Symposium

I just about died and went to heaven at the BYU's English Symposium. I heard three presentations on Catcher in the Rye, and although I've never actually read it, the information was incredibly helpful for my research and ideas on As I Lay Dying! Specifically, a student named Katie Nilson discussed her paper called, "A Phony Family: Upper-class Materialism and the Creation of Holden Caulfield." Well there you go! 

Her discussion on the influence of parents on their children and what that does to individuals and family was right along the lines of what I'm discussing in my paper. I spoke to her afterward and asked her about an article she quoted. It was called "Making Normal People" by Read Bain. Bain says that "Adolescent rebellion is a disease of parents." Perfect! I'll definitely delve more into this article as I write my paper.

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