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Connecting Childhood and Old Age in Popular Media$
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Vanessa Joosen

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496815163

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496815163.001.0001

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Extremely Close Generations

Extremely Close Generations

Childhood and Old Age in Jonathan Safran Foer’s Novel

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Connecting Childhood and Old Age in Popular Media

Vanessa Joosen

University Press of Mississippi

Whereas senescence is a topic that is gaining ground in adult literature, child characters seldom play a significant role in these narratives. One book which does center on the relationship between childhood and old age is the American author Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2005), which deals with a family’s trauma after 9/11. Foer’s story is narrated by nine-year-old Oskar Schell and his grandparents. Vanessa Joosen relates her close reading of selected passages from the novel to its narratological features and age-related ideology. Although Foer connects the stories of young and old via intertextual links and descriptions of shared experiences, a close reading of the novel and comparison of the three narrators’ accounts reveals numerous divergences, contradictions, and gaps, which underline the need for intergenerational communication to counteract ageism and nostalgic sentimentalism.

Keywords:   American literature, 9/11, Intertextuality, Ageism, Grandparents

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