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

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This collection of fresh essays on Suzanne Collins's epic trilogy spans multiple disciplines. The contributors probe the trilogy's meaning using theories grounded in historicism, feminism, humanism, queer theory, as well as cultural, political, and media studies. The essayists demonstrate diverse perspectives regarding Collins's novels but their works have 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 ...

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

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This collection of fresh essays on Suzanne Collins's epic trilogy spans multiple disciplines. The contributors probe the trilogy's meaning using theories grounded in historicism, feminism, humanism, queer theory, as well as cultural, political, and media studies. The essayists demonstrate diverse perspectives regarding Collins's novels but their works have 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. The 21 essays that follow the context-setting introduction are grouped into four parts: Part I "History, Politics, Economics, and Culture," Part II "Ethics, Aesthetics, and Identity," Part III "Resistance, Surveillance, and Simulacra," and Part IV "Thematic Parallels and Literary Traditions." A core bibliography of dystopian and postapocalyptic works is included, with emphasis on the young adult category—itself an increasingly crucial part of postmodern culture.

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Mary F. Pharr is professor emeritus, English, at Florida Southern College. She lives in Lakeland, Florida. Leisa A. Clark has published on women's issues in the classroom and on Xena: Warrior Princess. She lives in St. Petersburg, Florida. Donald E. Palumbo is a professor of English at East Carolina University. He lives in Greenville, North Carolina. C.W. Sullivan III is Distinguished Professor of arts and sciences at East Carolina University and a full member of the Welsh Academy. He is the author of numerous books and the on-line journal Celtic Cultural Studies.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface Leisa A. Clark 1

Introduction Mary R Pharr Leisa A. Clark 5

I History, Politics, Economics and Culture 1

1 Panem in America: Crisis Economics and a Call for Political Engagement Bill Clemente 20

2 Absolute Power Games Anthony Pavlik 30

3 Communal Spectacle: Reshaping History and Memory through Violence Gretchen Koenig 39

4 Reflection in a Plastic Mirror Valerie Estelle Frankel 49

5 Coal Dust and Ballads: Appalachia and District 12 Tina L. Hanlon 59

6 The "Fine Reality of Hunger Satisfied": Food as Cultural Metaphor in Panem Max Despain 69

II Ethics, Aesthetics and Identity

7 Katniss Everdeens Liminal Choices and the Foundations of Revolutionary Ethics Guy Andre Risko 80

8 Hungering for Righteousness: Music, Spirituality and Katniss Everdeen Tammy L. Gant 89

9 Revolutionary Art in the Age of Reality TV Katheryn Wright) 98

10 (Im)Mutable Natures: Animal, Human and Hybrid Horror Sharon D. King 108

11 "Killer" Katniss and "Lover Boy" Peeta: Suzanne Collins's Defiance of Gender-Genred Reading Ellyn Lem Holly Hassel 118

12 Of Queer Necessity: Panem's Hunger Games as Gender Games Jennifer Mitchell 128

III Resistance, Surveillance and Simulacra

13 Costuming the Resistance: The Female Spectacle of Rebellion Amy L. Montz 139

14 "Perhaps I Am Watching You Now": Panem's Panopticons Kelley Wezner 148

15 Fueling the Spectacle: Audience as "Gamemaker" Shannon R. Mortimore-Smith 158

16 Simulacra, Sacrifice and Survival in The Hunger Games, Battle Roy ale, and The Running Man Helen Day 167

IV Thematic Parallels and Literary Traditions

17 The PR Wars: The Hunger Games Trilogy and Shakespeare's Second Henriad Catherine R. Eskin 179

18 The Masks of Femininity: Perceptions of the Feminine in The Hunger Games and Podkayne of Mars Rodney M. DeaVault 190

19 The Child Soldier and the Self in Ender's Game and The Hunger Games Sarah Outterson Murphy 199

20 Apples to Oranges: The Heroines in Twilight and The Hunger Games Amanda Firestone 209

21 From the Boy Who Lived to the Girl Who Learned: Harry Potter and Katniss Everdeen Mary F. Pharr 219

Dystopian and Postapocalyptic Fiction and Criticism: A Core Bibliography, with Emphasis on Young Adult Works Leisa A. Clark 229

About the Contributors 233

Index 237

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Decent .....TEAM finnick odair/peeta melark!

    This book was good.for me(mainly because I will read anything hunger games I can get my hands on) I only have the 59 page sample because I have not yet figured out how to use a gift card to buy books. 56 of the 59 pages were just reviews from cridicts, but from what I read it was good, definatly somthing I would buy, but not read over agen

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2012

    N/A

    I enjoyed the hunger games trilogy and this book sounds good so lets see what happens

    4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    Never get to the meat of the book

    It would be nice if you could actually sample a part of the book rather than the forward given what they are charging for it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2015

    Whyyyy

    Is it sooooooooo expensive
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    Why does no one like Finnick

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2015

    Peeta fan

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    Posted March 23, 2013

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