Dystopian fiction for young people: Instructive tales of resilience

Mallan, Kerry M. (2015) Dystopian fiction for young people: Instructive tales of resilience. Psychoanalytic Inquiry. (In Press)

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The rise and popularity of dystopian fiction in recent years is quite marked and critics often attribute such high sales of books and box office as being linked to the impact September 11 has had on the world, especially in the United States. While the events of September 11, 2001 saw a heightened anxiety by nations and their citizens about the fear and threat of terrorism – an anxiety which is paradoxically lowered and raised by increased surveillance practices, security checks and warnings – other changes since the last stages of the twentieth century have also raised concerns and anxieties.

In this paper I use examples of Young Adult (YA) dystopian fiction to illustrate the potential these texts have for providing their readers with alternative ways of thinking about the challenges that others face and their capacity for resilience.

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ID Code: 90173
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: dystopia, young adult fiction, resilience
ISSN: 1940-9133
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Economics Business and Management) (130205)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LITERARY STUDIES (200500) > Literary Studies not elsewhere classified (200599)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Taylor & Francis, Inc.
Copyright Statement: The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in Psychoanalytic Inquiry <date of publication> http://www.tandfonline.com/<Article DOI>
Deposited On: 13 Nov 2015 03:35
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2015 23:44

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