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Wilson, Christopher P. "Lost Boys and Recovered Classics. Literary and Social Memory in Lorenzo Carcaterra’s Sleepers." In: Journal of American Studies 42.1 (2008), S. 107–131.
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BibTeX citation key: Wilson2008a
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Keywords: "Classics Illustrated", Adaption, Dumas.Alexandre, Literatur, Memoria, USA
Collection: Journal of American Studies
This essay explores the interplay of literary and social memory in Lorenzo Carcaterra’s prison and revenge memoir, Sleepers (1995), in particular its appropriation of Alexander Dumas’s The Count of Monte Cristo (1844–45) as both a literary template and a political marker. Monte Cristo is the central text in Carcaterra’s rewriting of a long tradition of “bad-boy” narratives depicting juvenile dispossession, crime, and redemptive vigilantism. The essay also traces the transatlantic routes of Dumas in modern US popular culture, especially in Albert Kanter’s Illustrated Classics, in light of Antonio Gramsci’s theories of popular narrative and law.
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