Date of Award
English Literary Studies-BA
Karen Steigman, PhD
First Committee Member
Phyllis Burns, PhD
Second Committee Member
Jessica Crossfield McIntosh
Social justice, Young Adult literature, Social justice literature, Dystopian fiction
Children's and Young Adult Literature | Fiction
In recent years, the mass popularity of young adult dystopian novels has led literary scholars to question the rise in popularity and the impact of such novels. This project explores the social justice potential of dystopian fiction, especially young adult dystopias, to act as a model for the way that rebellion can be an important and useful tool in standing up against injustice in society.
Using Suzanne Collin’s The Hunger Games, this project argues that young adult dystopian fiction can model for young people a personal evolution in understanding social change and the revolutionary possibility of actively standing up against injustice. By centering these texts within the history and theory of dystopian fiction and its social justice potential, this project explores the way that this phenomenon of popular culture may be the source of our societies’ next revolution voices.
Scherzer, Rachel L., "Young Adult Dystopian Literature as Social Change Evolution" (2015). Undergraduate Honors Thesis Projects. 27.