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The Trend That's Catching Fire: Adolescent Dystopian Literature as Feminist Social Commentary

Lawson, Wyshona Danyelle (2014) The Trend That's Catching Fire: Adolescent Dystopian Literature as Feminist Social Commentary. Masters thesis, Radford University.

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Abstract

In The Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins uses a dystopian view of the future to critique the society in which we live today. She does this through the female protagonist Katniss Everdeen, who is a female character with some stereotypically male-identified qualities. Furthermore, the medium of young adult literature is possibly one of the most important aspects of this study since the readers of this type of novel will be the future leaders of this and other countries around the world. By exploring the history and characteristics of young adult literature in Chapter 1, the reader gains a working knowledge of the foundation of the genre being studied. Examples from The Hunger Games trilogy will be outlined as to how, exactly, the trilogy exemplifies the genre of young adult literature. Chapter 2 focuses on science fiction and dystopic literature and how the trilogy once again exemplifies characteristics of that genre. Chapter 3 explores the feminist social commentary in the novel through the main character of Katniss Everdeen with respect to her being a female character with several traditionally male-identified qualities, how women in Panem portray normative gender roles and how Katniss does not adhere to normative gender roles, feminist care ethics in Panem and in The Hunger Games trilogy, and the relationship between Peeta and Katniss in the trilogy and why it is such a different type of relationship than is usually seen in a young adult novel.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Laura Francis
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2014 14:01
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2014 14:01
URI: http://wagner.radford.edu/id/eprint/166

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