Date Written

Fall 2015

Document Type

Distinction Paper

Degree Name

English Literary Studies-BA

Department

English

Advisor

Dr. Margaret Koehler

First Committee Member

Dr. Jonathan DeCoster

Second Committee Member

Dr. Patricia Frick

Keywords

Jane Eyre, Divergent, The Hunger Games, Dystopian, Heroine, Bronte

Subject Categories

English Language and Literature | Literature in English, Anglophone outside British Isles and North America

Abstract

Young women make up a majority of young adult dystopian fiction readers, and these female readers can’t get enough of the strong, independent, inspiring female heroines taking center stage in popular young adult novels like, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Divergent by Veronica Roth, but through scholarly research and critical analysis I argue that many of these young adult novels feature heroines who descend at least in part from a Victorian heroine named Jane Eyre.

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