Responding to the increasingly powerful presence of dystopian literature for young adults, this volume focuses on novels featuring a female protagonist who contends with societal and governmental threats at the same time that she is navigating the treacherous waters of young adulthood. The contributors relate the liminal nature of the female protagonist to liminality as a unifying feature of dystopian literature, literature for and about young women, and cultural expectations of adolescent womanhood. Divided into three sections, the collection investigates cultural assumptions and expectations of adolescent women, considers the various means of resistance and rebellion made available to and explored by female protagonists, and examines how the adolescent female protagonist is situated with respect to the groups and environments that surround her. In a series of thought-provoking essays on a wide range of writers that includes Libba Bray, Scott Westerfeld, Tahereh Mafi, Veronica Roth, Marissa Meyer, Ally Condie, and Suzanne Collins, the collection makes a convincing case for how this rebellious figure interrogates the competing constructions of adolescent womanhood in late-twentieth- and early twenty-first-century culture.
"Female Rebellion in Young Adult Dystopian Fiction is an exciting addition to the increasingly intersecting interests of gender studies, YA literature, and dystopia. The writers ponder two vital questions: how do these recent popular YA dystopias explore gender, and how empowering are they for their young female readers? Their interesting arguments will certainly stimulate conversation about the value of dystopia to a young audience." --Elaine Ostry, SUNY, Plattsburgh, USA
"… the collection makes a convincing case for how the rebellious female protagonist in YA dystopian fiction probes the differing presentations of adolescent womanhood in late-twentieth- and early twenty-first-century culture. … Female Rebellion provides a noteworthy and substantial critical resource for YA dystopian fiction in particular and YA fiction in general." --Rocky Mountain Review
"… all of the essays in the collection draw on contemporary scholarship in the field of young adult literature and offer excellent insight into what it means to be a rebellious teen girl in the dystopian future. … it is an interesting and exciting addition to the Ashgate Studies in Childhood series and a supremely important work for this moment in the study of young adult literature." --Children’s Literature Association Quarterly
"It is a valuable, original contribution to the field and represents some of the best thinking to date on dystopian heroines, the cultural background which informs and influences them and the very real stakes which underpin these highly popular, influential representations in YA literature today." --International Research in Children's Literature
This series recognizes and supports innovative work on the child and on literature for children and adolescents that informs teaching and engages with current and emerging debates in the field. Proposals are welcome for interdisciplinary and comparative studies by humanities scholars working in a variety of fields, including literature; book history, periodicals history, and print culture and the sociology of texts; theater, film, musicology, and performance studies; history, including the history of education; gender studies; art history and visual culture; cultural studies; and religion.
Topics might include, among other possibilities, how concepts and representations of the child have changed in response to adult concerns; postcolonial and transnational perspectives; "domestic imperialism" and the acculturation of the young within and across class and ethnic lines; the commercialization of childhood and children's bodies; views of young people as consumers and/or originators of culture; the child and religious discourse; children's and adolescents' self-representations; and adults' recollections of childhood.