2017 Student Research Conference:
30th Annual Student Research Conference

The Purpose and Critique of "Anonymity" in Go Ask Alice


Katelyn N. Hawkins
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor

The 1971 novel in diary form, Go Ask Alice, was published anonymously and, eventually, scandalously. The book follows a fifteen year old girl at the end of the psychedelic era through her adolescent depression, early drug experimentation, homelessness and finally her death by overdose. The "diary" was advertised as a found text, but over decades it has been put under scrutiny and declared as an ill-attempt by an adult psychologist at anti-drug propaganda. This essay will examine the text in question under a psychoanalytic lens, as well as trace the previous research done to confirm or deny the work's authenticity as a "real journal."

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Topic(s):English

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 101-4
Location: MG 1000
Time: 8:45

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