Category Archives: Puer Aeternus

The Death of Adolescence in American Culture, Part III

All of the films thus far discussed contain multiple overt references to initiation, to what Hillman describes as the initiation of the puer into puer-et-senex consciousness (239). The union of the sames. Consideration of another recent trend in the film … Continue reading

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The Death of Adolescence in American Culture, Part II

In actuality, in the first film in The Hunger Games series the conflict between puer and senex takes a while to materialize. At the beginning only one side or extreme is evident and that is the senex in its negative form. … Continue reading

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The Death of Adolescence in American Culture, Part I

  Last September chief film critic for The New York Times A. O. Scott wrote a long and wide-ranging review of American culture as reflected in television and cinema. He called his piece “The Death of Adulthood in American Culture.” … Continue reading

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