Smith, Mychelle Hadley
Dr. Mychelle Hadley Smith is currently an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. She has a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University.2017 1-4955-0591-X
This work utilizes hermeneutics as a lens for understanding the role of profanity in two young adult novels: The Catcher in the Rye
and The Chocolate War
. Profanity usage in both novels is indicative of the realistic nature of the characters' lives and struggles.
Hermeneutics, used as a philosophical lens, allows for deeper understanding of textual language. If interpreted through educational and historical context with the aid of hermeneutics, profanity becomes a useful literary element within the text.