Approaching the Hunger Games Trilogy

Approaching the Hunger Games Trilogy

A Literary and Cultural Analysis

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"This book addresses Suzanne Collins's work from a number of literary and cultural perspectives in an effort to better understand both its significance and appeal. Assuming that readers are familiar with all three volumes of The Hunger Games, the book also avoids plot summary and character analysis, instead focusing on the significance of the story and its characters"--Provided by publisher.

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For academics and general readers, Henthorne (English and women's and gender studies, Pace U.) examines the importance and appeal of the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins from literary and cultural viewpoints such as literary studies, psychology, gender studies, history, media studies, and cultural studies. He analyzes the significance of the story and its characters, rather than providing plot summary and character analysis, and applies various theoretical approaches to themes of identity, gender, and transgression; war, including discussion of her previous series, The Underland Chronicles; and philosophy and how the work is a study in pragmatism. He also uses media studies to examine how the Hunger Games broadcasts and related programming are used to maintain control over people; considers how the trilogy is dystopian; looks at trauma and its effects on the main character; and examines the trilogy in terms of digital culture. He discusses the emergence of young adult fiction in the 1960s; the trilogy's structure, narrative mode, and use of literary devices; and whether it has aesthetic qualities associated with literary text. He includes a biographical essay on Collins and a glossary of concepts, terms, and characters, as well as discussion questions relating to the trilogy, film, and The Underland Chronicles. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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& Taylor

This book addresses Suzanne Collins’s work from a number of literary and cultural perspectives in an effort to better understand both its significance and its appeal. It takes an interdisciplinary approach to the Hunger Games trilogy, drawing from literary studies, psychology, gender studies, media studies, philosophy, and cultural studies. An analytical rather than evaluative work, it dispenses with extended theoretical discussions and academic jargon. Assuming that readers are familiar with the entire trilogy, the book also avoids plot summary and character analysis, instead focusing on the significance of the story and its characters. It includes a biographical essay, glossaries, questions for further study, and an extensive bibliography. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Company, Publishers, 2012
ISBN: 9780786468645
Characteristics: viii, 198 p. ; 23 cm

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