Dropouts on the Frontier: T.C. Boyle’s Drop City

Verena Adamik


This essay will explore the depiction of the hippie movement in the novel Drop City by T.C. Boyle. Drawing on the theoretical background of the 1960s counterculture formulated by Stuart Hall, I will trace how the novel depicts the development of the dropout community from their members’ initial desire to move outside of society to a movement back towards the very system that was rejected beforehand by reading the counterculture against the paradigm of the frontier.


T.C. Boyle; counterculture; frontier; popular culture; 1960s

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5283/copas.180


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