1st Edition

Teaching with Dystopian Text Exploring Orwellian Spaces for Student Empowerment and Resilience

By Michael Arthur Soares Copyright 2024
    186 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Teaching with Dystopian Text propounds an exchange of spatial to pedagogical practices centered around “Orwellian Spaces,” signaling a new utility for teaching with dystopian texts in secondary education.

    The volume details the urgency of dystopian texts for secondary students, providing theoretical frameworks, classroom examples and practical research. The function of dystopian texts, such as George Orwell’s 1984, as social and political critique is demonstrated as central to their power. Teaching with Dystopian Text: Exploring Orwellian Spaces for Student Empowerment and Resilience makes a case that dystopian texts can be instrumental in the transfer of spatial practices to pedagogical practices. Pedagogical application creates links between the text and the student through defamiliarization, connecting the student to practices of resistance in the space of the classroom. The volume also addresses the challenges of teaching dystopian text in a dystopian educational climate including the COVID-19 lockdown.

    In addition to appealing to scholars and researchers of literacy education, language education and dystopian text, this book will also be a powerful yet accessible resource for secondary teachers as they address dystopian concerns with students in the complicated twenty-first century.

    Introduction: Urgency of Dystopian Text  1: Picture(s) of the Future  2: Grim Visions in the Classroom  3: Learning from Orwell  4: Orwellian Spaces  5: Critical Selection of Dystopian Text  6: Course Design  7: Brave New Pedagogy: A Classroom Story  8: Teaching Dystopian Text During COVID-19  9: Teaching Dystopian Text in a Dystopian Educational Climate


    Michael Arthur Soares is a secondary school English Teacher and an English Adjunct Faculty Member at Heartland Community College, USA.