"Surviving" adolescence : apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic transformations in young adult fiction

Whateley, Anna (2010) "Surviving" adolescence : apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic transformations in young adult fiction. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This study, entitled "Surviving" Adolescence: Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic transformations in young adult fiction‖, analyses how discourses surrounding the apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic are represented in selected young adult fiction published between 1997 and 2009. The term ―apocalypse‖ is used by current theorists to refer to an uncovering or disclosure (most often a truth), and ―post-apocalypse‖ means to be after a disclosure, after a revelation, or after catastrophe. This study offers a double reading of apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic discourses, and the dialectical tensions that are inherent in, and arise from, these discourses. Drawing on the current scholarship of children‘s and young adult literature this thesis uses post-structural theoretical perspectives to develop a framework and methodology for conducting a close textual analysis of exclusion, ‗un‘differentiation, prophecy, and simulacra of death. The combined theoretical perspectives and methodology offer new contributions to young adult fiction scholarship. This thesis finds that rather than conceiving adolescence as the endurance of a passing phase of a young person‘s life, there is a new trend emerging in young adult fiction that treats adolescence as a space of transformation essential to the survival of the young adult, and his/her community.

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ID Code: 37602
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Mallan, Kerry & Bullen, Elizabeth
Keywords: young adult fiction, literature, apocalypse, post-apocalypse, transformation, adolescence, poststructuralism, death, subjectivity, agency
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 29 Sep 2010 03:18
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2016 23:25

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