Objects After Adolescence: Teen Film without Transition in 'Spring Breakers' and 'The Bling Ring'

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The generic conventions of teen films include coming-of-age or discovery-of-identity narratives that reinforce adolescence as a period of transition, with social conformity, in one guise or another, as their natural consequence. The production of a stable sense of identity, or agency, is key to these narratives, primarily borne of navigations of homosocial and heterosexual relationships. The history of teen film extends to the introduction of the concept of adolescence in the 1950s into American and, by extension, western culture (Driscoll, 2011, p. 9). From Rebel Without a Cause (Nicholas Ray, 1955) to Puberty Blues (Bruce Beresford, 1981) to Thirteen (Catherine Hardwicke, 2003), narrative cinema has attempted to capture the intensive and transitory experience of adolescence.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGenre Trajectories
Subtitle of host publicationIdentifying, Mapping, Projecting
EditorsGavin Dowd, Natalia Rulyova
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781137505484
ISBN (Print)9781137505477
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


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