We will read and discuss Salinger’s Nine Stories within the frame of the Cold War. In the 1950s, the US experiences economic growth which allows the country to expand its hegemony beyond the national borders. This material comfort creates a new model to follow, the so-called American Way of Life in suburban contexts. The numbness of affluence allows the government to keep a hidden watchful surveillance on ordinary citizens to uproot dissident ideologies, while mainstream America rejoices in self-complacency. In this context, Salinger’s short stories divert from this path to show discomfort and make the negative effects of consumerism explicit.
In this reading and media session, we intend:
▪To continue creating a reading community of lovers of literature.
▪To continue developing reading strategies to tackle the ambiguous nature of literary texts.
▪To learn about and explore Salinger’s work.
French, W. (1963) J. D. Salinger. New York: Twayne.
Prigozy, R. (2008) “Nine Stories: J.D. Salinger’s Linked Mysteries”. In Bloom’s Modern Critical Views: J.D. Salinger, New Edition. Comp. Harold Bloom. New York: Infobase Publishing.
Salinger, J.D. (1964) Nine Stories. New York: Bantam Books