9781137362056

Technology and Identity in Young Adult Fiction The Posthuman Subject

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    9781137362056

  • ISBN10:

    1137362057

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-12-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

Technology and Identity in Young Adult Fiction examines the textual representation of technology in young adult fiction in a way that has rarely been attempted before. It is not a historical study or a survey of narrative plots, but instead takes a more conceptual approach that engages with the central ideas of posthumanism: such as the fragmented nature of posthuman identity, the concept of agency as distributed and collective and the role of embodiment in understandings of selfhood.

Arguing that Young Adult fiction is on the cusp of a substantive paradigm shift, this book analyses the novels of emerging authors such as Cory Doctorow, Marissa Meyer and Mary E. Pearson. It demonstrates that these emerging writers are increasingly representing technology in a positive light that clearly resonates with posthumanism's interest in how technology can produce new and innovative forms of selfhood and identity.

Author Biography

Victoria Flanagan is a senior lecturer in English at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, and the convenor of the MA in Children's Literature. Her research focuses on transgressive gender representations and the application of posthuman ideology to children's texts. She is the author of Into the Closet: Cross-dressing and the Gendered Body in Children's Literature and Film (2008).

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Posthumanism in Young Adult Fiction
2. Narrating Posthuman Subjectivity
3. Digital Citizenship in the Posthuman Era
4. Reworking the Female Subject: Technology and the Body in Posthuman Adolescent Fiction
5. Surveillance Societies: Privacy and Power in YA fiction
6. Subjectivity in Cyberspace: Techno-realism and the Merging of Virtual and Material Selves
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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