Contemporary Dystopian Fiction for Young Adults

Do their political critiques represent conservative or radical ideologies? And finally, are these novels high-minded attempts to educate the young or simply bids to cash in on a formula for commercial success?

Contemporary Dystopian Fiction for Young Adults

Contemporary Dystopian Fiction for Young Adults

Winner of the Children’s Literature Association Edited Book Award From the jaded, wired teenagers of M.T. Anderson's Feed to the spirited young rebels of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy, the protagonists of Young Adult dystopias are introducing a new generation of readers to the pleasures and challenges of dystopian imaginings. As the dark universes of YA dystopias continue to flood the market,Contemporary Dystopian Fiction for Young Adults: Brave New Teenagers offers a critical evaluation of the literary and political potentials of this widespread publishing phenomenon. With its capacity to frighten and warn, dystopian writing powerfully engages with our pressing global concerns: liberty and self-determination, environmental destruction and looming catastrophe, questions of identity and justice, and the increasingly fragile boundaries between technology and the self. When directed at young readers, these dystopian warnings are distilled into exciting adventures with gripping plots and accessible messages that may have the potential to motivate a generation on the cusp of adulthood. This collection enacts a lively debate about the goals and efficacy of YA dystopias, with three major areas of contention: do these texts reinscribe an old didacticism or offer an exciting new frontier in children's literature? Do their political critiques represent conservative or radical ideologies? And finally, are these novels high-minded attempts to educate the young or simply bids to cash in on a formula for commercial success? This collection represents a prismatic and evolving understanding of the genre, illuminating its relevance to children's literature and our wider culture.

More Books:

Contemporary Dystopian Fiction for Young Adults
Language: en
Pages: 214
Authors: Balaka Basu, Katherine R. Broad, Carrie Hintz
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-05-02 - Publisher: Routledge

Winner of the Children’s Literature Association Edited Book Award From the jaded, wired teenagers of M.T. Anderson's Feed to the spirited young rebels of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy, the protagonists of Young Adult dystopias are introducing a new generation of readers to the pleasures and challenges of dystopian
Female Rebellion in Young Adult Dystopian Fiction
Language: en
Pages: 224
Authors: Sara K. Day, Miranda A. Green-Barteet, Amy L. Montz
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-04-15 - Publisher: Routledge

Responding to the increasingly powerful presence of dystopian literature for young adults, this volume focuses on novels featuring a female protagonist who contends with societal and governmental threats at the same time that she is navigating the treacherous waters of young adulthood. The contributors relate the liminal nature of the
The Postworld In-Between Utopia and Dystopia
Language: en
Pages: 290
Authors: Katarzyna Ostalska, Tomasz Fisiak
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-12-30 - Publisher: Routledge

This collection of essays offers global perspectives on feminist utopia and dystopia in speculative literature, film, and art, working from a range of intersectional approaches to examine key works and genres in both their specific cultural context and a wider, global, epistemological, critical background. The international, diverse contributions, including a
Race in Young Adult Speculative Fiction
Language: en
Pages: 280
Authors: Meghan Gilbert-Hickey, Miranda A. Green-Barteet
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-04-22 - Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

Contributions by Malin Alkestrand, Joshua Yu Burnett, Sean P. Connors, Jill Coste, Meghan Gilbert-Hickey, Miranda A. Green-Barteet, Sierra Hale, Kathryn Strong Hansen, Elizabeth Ho, Esther L. Jones, Sarah Olutola, Alex Polish, Zara Rix, Susan Tan, and Roberta Seelinger Trites Race in Young Adult Speculative Fiction offers a sustained analysis of
Posthumanist Readings in Dystopian Young Adult Fiction
Language: en
Pages: 146
Authors: Jennifer Harrison
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-04-29 - Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

This book explores the deployment of posthumanist ideology in young adult dystopian fiction. It applies this theory to the presentation of social issues in select novels.