Of Bread, Blood and the Hunger Games Critical Essays on the Suzanne Collins Trilogy

ISBN-10: 0786470194

ISBN-13: 9780786470198

Edition: 2012

Authors: Mary F. Pharr, Leisa A. Clark, Donald E. Palumbo, C. W. Sullivan

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The World of The Hunger Games is an anthology of scholarly but accessible essays on Suzanne Collins's epic trilogy. Spanning multiple disciplines, its contributors probe the trilogy's meaning using theories grounded in historicism, feminism, humanism, queer theory, as well as cultural, political, and media studies. Although the contributors demonstrate diverse critical perspectives regarding Collins's novels, their work has three elements in common: an appreciation of the trilogy as literature, a belief in its permanent value, and a need to share both appreciation and belief with fellow readers. To that end, this anthology's introduction acknowledges the significance of the series as both young adult and trans-generational/trans-genre literature. The 21 essay-chapters that follow the introduction are grouped into four parts. Part I considers the trilogy in the context of History, Politics, Economics, and Culture, while Part II interrogates Ethics, Aesthetics, and Identity within the novels. Part III examines issues of Resistance, Surveillance, and Simulacra, while Part IV looks at some of the Thematic Parallels and Literary Traditions that readers can find in Collins's narratives. The anthology also includes a core bibliography of dystopian and postapocalyptic works, with emphasis on the young adult category--itself an increasingly crucial part of postmodern culture.
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 7/6/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

History, Politics, Economics and Culture
Panem in America: Crisis Economics and a Call for Political Engagement
Absolute Power Games
Communal Spectacle: Reshaping History and Memory through Violence
Reflection in a Plastic Mirror
Coal Dust and Ballads: Appalachia and District 12
The "Fine Reality of Hunger Satisfied": Food as Cultural Metaphor in Panem
Ethics, Aesthetics and Identity
Katniss Everdeens Liminal Choices and the Foundations of Revolutionary Ethics
Hungering for Righteousness: Music, Spirituality and Katniss Everdeen
Revolutionary Art in the Age of Reality TV
(Im)Mutable Natures: Animal, Human and Hybrid Horror
"Killer" Katniss and "Lover Boy" Peeta: Suzanne Collins's Defiance of Gender-Genred Reading
Of Queer Necessity: Panem's Hunger Games as Gender Games
Resistance, Surveillance and Simulacra
Costuming the Resistance: The Female Spectacle of Rebellion
"Perhaps I Am Watching You Now": Panem's Panopticons
Fueling the Spectacle: Audience as "Gamemaker"
Simulacra, Sacrifice and Survival in The Hunger Games, Battle Roy ale, and The Running Man
Thematic Parallels and Literary Traditions
The PR Wars: The Hunger Games Trilogy and Shakespeare's Second Henriad
The Masks of Femininity: Perceptions of the Feminine in The Hunger Games and Podkayne of Mars
The Child Soldier and the Self in Ender's Game and The Hunger Games
Apples to Oranges: The Heroines in Twilight and The Hunger Games
From the Boy Who Lived to the Girl Who Learned: Harry Potter and Katniss Everdeen
Dystopian and Postapocalyptic Fiction and Criticism: A Core Bibliography, with Emphasis on Young Adult Works
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