Utopian and Dystopian Writing for Children and Young Adults

Utopian and Dystopian Writing for Children and Young Adults

by Carrie Hintz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415940176

ISBN-13: 9780415940177

Pub. Date: 12/20/2002

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This volume examines a variety of utopian writing for children from the 18th century to the present day, defining and exploring this new genre in the field of children's literature. The original essays discuss thematic conventions and present detailed case studies of individual works. All address the pedagogical implications of work that challenges children to

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This volume examines a variety of utopian writing for children from the 18th century to the present day, defining and exploring this new genre in the field of children's literature. The original essays discuss thematic conventions and present detailed case studies of individual works. All address the pedagogical implications of work that challenges children to grapple with questions of perfect or wildly imperfect social organizations and their own autonomy. The book includes interviews with creative writers and the first bibliography of utopian fiction for children.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415940177
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/20/2002
Series:
Children's Literature and Culture Series, #29
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction1
IPlanes, Trains, and Automobiles: Utopia in Transit
1Getting to Utopia: Railways and Heterotopia in Children's Literature23
2American Boys' Series Books and the Utopia of the Air38
3Travels through Dystopia: H. G. Wells and The Island of Dr. Moreau52
IICommunity and Socialism
4Sarah Fielding's Childhood Utopia57
5Tinkers and Time Machines: Time Travel in the Social Fantasy of E. Nesbit and H. G. Wells72
6The Writing on the Wall of Redwall89
7'Joy but Not Peace': Zilpha Keatley Snyder's Green-sky Trilogy107
8Terrible Lizard Dream Kingdom118
9Bridge to Utopia123
IIIChild Power
10Suffering in Utopia: Testing the Limits in Young Adult Novels127
11Educating Desire: Magic, Power, and Control in Tanith Lee's Unicorn Trilogy139
12The Struggle between Utopia and Dystopia in Writing for Children and Young Adults156
IVFrom the Wreckage: Post-World War II Dystopias and Utopias
13Presenting the Case for Social Change: The Creative Dilemma of Dystopian Writing for Children163
14The Quest for the Perfect Planet: The British Secondary World as Utopia and Dystopia, 1945-1999179
Interview with Lois Lowry, author of The Giver196
Annotated Bibliography of Utopian and Dystopian Writing for Children and Young Adults200
Afterword232
Contributors235
Author Index239
Subject and Title Index241

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