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American Studies

John D Hazlett

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An American Generational Autobiography: Collective Identity In Malcolm Cowley's Exile's Return, John Hazlett Dec 1997

An American Generational Autobiography: Collective Identity In Malcolm Cowley's Exile's Return, John Hazlett

John D Hazlett

In the following chapter from Hazlett's book My Generation: Collective Autobiography and Identity Politics, the author argues that Malcolm Cowley's Exile's Return pioneered a new form of autobiographical narrative--the generational autobiography. Cowley's text relies for its underlying ideas of collective identity on generational theory, Marxism, and Emersoniansm.


Generational Theory And Collective Autobiography, John D. Hazlett Dec 1991

Generational Theory And Collective Autobiography, John D. Hazlett

John D Hazlett

Hazlett's essay examines the emergence of generational theory at the beginning of the 20th Century, considers some of the reasons for its popularity, and then shows how generationalism influenced the autobiographical writing of two self-proclaimed generational groups: the writers who came of age in the 1920s, and the group of activists and writers who came of age in the 1960s.