Utopian and Dystopian Writing for Children and Young Adults

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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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Utopia in Transit
1 Getting to Utopia: Railways and Heterotopia in Children's Literature 23
2 American Boys' Series Books and the Utopia of the Air 38
3 Travels through Dystopia: H. G. Wells and The Island of Dr. Moreau 52
II Community and Socialism
4 Sarah Fielding's Childhood Utopia 57
5 Tinkers and Time Machines: Time Travel in the Social Fantasy of E. Nesbit and H. G. Wells 72
6 The Writing on the Wall of Redwall 89
7 'Joy but Not Peace': Zilpha Keatley Snyder's Green-sky Trilogy 107
8 Terrible Lizard Dream Kingdom 118
9 Bridge to Utopia 123
III Child Power
10 Suffering in Utopia: Testing the Limits in Young Adult Novels 127
11 Educating Desire: Magic, Power, and Control in Tanith Lee's Unicorn Trilogy 139
12 The Struggle between Utopia and Dystopia in Writing for Children and Young Adults 156
IV From the Wreckage: Post-World War II Dystopias and Utopias
13 Presenting the Case for Social Change: The Creative Dilemma of Dystopian Writing for Children 163
14 The Quest for the Perfect Planet: The British Secondary World as Utopia and Dystopia, 1945-1999 179
Interview with Lois Lowry, author of The Giver 196
Annotated Bibliography of Utopian and Dystopian Writing for Children and Young Adults 200
Afterword 232
Contributors 235
Author Index 239
Subject and Title Index 241
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