Dodging and Embracing Young Adulthood in Kevin Major’s <em>Hold Fast</em> and Justin Simms’s Film Adaptation: “Run, Run, You Crazy Fool of a Son”

  • Katherine Bell
Keywords: Canadian young adult literature, genre conventions, adolescence, Newfoundland, culture, history

Abstract

This paper reads Kevin Major’s novel Hold Fast and Justin Simms’s recent film adaptation according to the regional context of their creation and the wider national and global context of their distribution. It explores how shifting understandings of both region and genre underpin and orient interpretations of young adulthood in these texts. While both print and screen texts allow for fantasies of the putative persistence of childishness into young adulthood in pastoral Atlantic Canada, they also encode countervailing critical insights into the complex socio-historical realities of the region. It argues for the importance of understanding protagonist Michael’s youth and agency in relation to these realities.

Author Biography

Katherine Bell

Katherine Bell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she teaches courses in Children’s Literature, Tween Literature, and Young Adult literature. Her current research explores representations of young adulthood in Canadian coming-of-age novels and film. Her work has been published in several journals, including English Studies in Canada, Girlhood Studies, Feminist Media Studies, Changing English, and The ALAN Review.

Published
2015-07-28
How to Cite
Bell, K. (2015). Dodging and Embracing Young Adulthood in Kevin Major’s <em>Hold Fast</em&gt; and Justin Simms’s Film Adaptation: “Run, Run, You Crazy Fool of a Son”. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 7(1). Retrieved from http://jeunessejournal.ca/index.php/yptc/article/view/259
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