“Last Girl Alive”: Kirsty Murray’s Dystopian YA Novel Vulture’s Gate

Beyer, Charlotte (2016) “Last Girl Alive”: Kirsty Murray’s Dystopian YA Novel Vulture’s Gate. In: The Age of Dystopia: One Genre, Our Fears and Our Future. Cambridge Scholars Press, pp. 141-162. ISBN 978-1443886949

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Abstract

This book examines the recent popularity of the dystopian genre in literature and film, as well as connecting contemporary manifestations of dystopia to cultural trends and the implications of technological and social changes on the individual and society as a whole. Dystopia, as a genre, reflects our greatest fears of what the future might bring, based on analysis of the present. This book connects traditional dystopian works with their contexts and compares these with contemporary versions. It centers around two main questions: Why is dystopia so popular now? And, why is dystopia so popular with young adult audiences? Since dystopia reflects the fears of society as a whole, this book will have broad appeal for any reader, and will be particularly useful to teachers in a variety of settings, such as in a high school or college-level classroom to teach dystopian literature, or in a comparative literature classroom to show how the genre has appeared in multiple locales at different times. Indeed, the book's interdisciplinary nature allows it to be of use in classes focussing on politics, bioethics, privacy issues, women's studies, and any number of additional topics.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
P Language and Literature > PZ Childrens literature
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Liberal and Performance Arts > Literary and Critical Studies
Research Priority Areas: Being Human - Past, Present & Future
Depositing User: Charlotte Beyer
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2015 08:39
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2017 13:23
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2556

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