Adolescence in Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees

Adolescence in Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees

by Dedria Bryfonski

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Great literature resonates with us not only because of well-developed characters and plots, but also because it often reflects important social themes; these books explore a work of literature through the lens of the major issue reflected in it.; This volume explores the life and work of Sue Monk Kidd, focusing particularly on the coming of age theme of her novel The Secret Life of Bees, and including viewpoints on coming of age and enduring adolescence in the present day.; This series brings together the disciplines of sociology and literature in a unique format designed to support cross-curricular studies. Each volume explores a work of literature through the lens of the major social issue reflected in it, and features car

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780737763836
Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing
Publication date: 03/08/2013
Series: Social Issues in Literature Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 15 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Chronology 12

Chapter 1 Background on Sue Monk Kidd

1 The Life of Sue Monk Kidd Contemporary Literary Criticism 15

2 Kidd Took Creative Risks in Writing The Secret Life of Bees Monica Dutcher 21

Chapter 2 The Secret Life of Bees and Coming of Age

1 Lily Is More Interested in Her Own Problems than in the Racial Turmoil Around Her Ann-Janine Morey 28

2 The Secret Life of Bees Traces the Spiritual Growth of a Teenage Girl Susan Andersen 32

3 The Black Madonna in The Secret Life of Bees Symbolizes the Mother Within Us Catherine B. Emanuel 40

4 Community Offers Lily a Place for Transformation Amy Lignitz Harken 52

5 The Secret Life of Bees Traces the Growth of Lily's Social Consciousness: The Globe and Mail 63

6 Lily's Development Comes at the Expense of the Black Characters' Individualism Linda Iraggi Larsen 66

7 Honey Child Rosellen Brown 76

8 Solving Mysteries Leads to Spiritual Growth in The Secret Life of Bees Charles Brower 81

Chapter 3 Contemporary Perspectives on Coming of Age

1 The Teenage Brain Is Wired to Tackle New Challenges Nancy Shute 88

2 Society Will Benefit If Young People Assume Responsibility at an Earlier Age Newt Gingrich 96

3 Some Adolescents Are Burdened by Bad Parents Susan B. Miller 101

4 Teenagers Need Positive Parental Role Models Claire Ellicott 110

5 Unresolved Loss in Childhood Can Lead to Issues Later in Life Gordon Carson 115

For Further Discussion 120

For Further Reading 121

Bibliography 122

Index 125

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