EGO Roundtable: Dystopias and the Fantastic in Young Adult Literature

Posted on 9/21/2015 5:21:42 PM

English Department graduate students take up the fascinating topic of dystopias and alternate worlds on Monday, September 28, at 4:00 p.m. in Leonard Hall, room 101.

Why do we read science fiction, fantasy, and dystopian literature? A majority of these fictional worlds offer a glimpse of the harshest realities, and yet, readers continue to voraciously read these works. Is there an appealing aspect to the Young Adult genre and the possibility of alternative universes where some of humanities greatest fears and desires are faced? How does the fantastic help us to understand real world issues, such as domestic abuse?

These are just a few of the many questions that will be addressed and discussed at the roundtable discussion. Join us as we consider themes of censorship, violence, oppression, human rights, identity, and the role of the fantastic in an array of fantastical works, such as George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games, Kristin Simmons’s Article 5, Dan Wells’s Partials, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series, and Neil Gaiman’s Odd and the Frost Giants and The Graveyard Book.

Vouchers, bookmarks, and refreshments available.

Roundtable: Meghan Hurley, Mary Reading, Lauren Shoemaker, Kait Tonti, Samantha Vertosick

Sponsored by the Department of English.