Coming of Age in Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild

Coming of Age in Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild

by Noel Merino


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This volume explores the life and work of Jon Krakauer, focusing particularly on the theme of wildness adventure in his popular book Into the Wild, and possible parallels between the real-life adventurer Chris McCandless and Krakauer himself.; 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 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: 9780737769777
Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing
Publication date: 12/05/2014
Series: Social Issues in Literature Series
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 15 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Chronology 12

Chapter 1 Background on Jon Krakauer

1 The Life of Jon Krakauer 15

UXL Biographies

2 Critics' Responses to Krakauer's Nonfiction Works 25

Concise Major 21st-century Writers

3 Krakauer as Both Writer and Mountain Climber 31

Authors and Artists for Young Adults

4 The Focus on Extremism in the Works of Krakauer 44

Gale Contextual Encyclopedia of American Literature

Chapter 2 Into the Wild and Christopher McCandless's Wilderness Adventure

1 Review of Into the Wild David Stevenson 52

2 McCandless Was Neither Lucky nor Stupid, but Foolish Suzan Nightingale 57

3 Adventures of Alexander Supertramp Thomas McNamee 62

4 The Lives of Krakauer and McCandless Have Many Parallels John Marshall 67

5 Like Jack Kerouac's On the Road, Krakauer's Into the Wild Taps Primal Instincts Dick Staub 72

6 McCandless Should Not Be Compared to Thoreau, Tolstoy, and Beat Writers Bill Gifford 76

7 The Film Version of Into the Wild Brings McCandless's Story to Life David Roberts 80

8 The Life of McCandless Was Remarkable and Inspirational Pete Mason 91

9 Krakauer's Theories About McCandless's Death Are Unscientific Dermot Cole 96

10 There Is Much Misunderstanding About McCandless and Into the Wild Ivan Hodes 101

Chapter 3 Contemporary Perspectives on the Wilderness Adventure

1 The Wilderness Adventure Offers a Path to Self-Actualization Stacy Taniguchi 107

Challenging experiences in nature lay bare the sublime nature in each individual and lead to profound knowledge of the self.

2 The Reaction to Young, Solitary Wilderness Explorers Splits Along Gender Lines Kate Turtle 120

3 Into the "Wild": How a Film and an Essay Reflect Our Changed Ideas About Nature Evan Eisenberg 126

4 Into the Wild has led to many Inexperienced Hikers Visiting the Alaska Wilderness Tim Mowry 133

For Further Discussion 140

For Further Reading 141

Bibliography 142

Index 145

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