Gaining and possessing power in Parable of the Sower (Brittany J. and Sarah P.)

Inside the dystopian setting of Los Angeles that Lauren describes within her journal entries, citizens who possess a degree of power have paid jobs, guns, money, a family, and home within a walled-community. The reader can identify the novel as dystopian through Butler’s descriptions of Lauren Olamina’s environment, as well as the conditions of the … Continue reading Gaining and possessing power in Parable of the Sower (Brittany J. and Sarah P.)

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Religious Teachings: Didacticism in Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower (Geneva B. and Marilyn S.)

Lauren Olamina, the protagonist of Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower engages with readers by unravelling her unique religious beliefs over the course of the novel. Her character’s personal development is closely linked with the development of her own religion. Earthseed is based in the recognition of the importance of change. God is change. Everything, … Continue reading Religious Teachings: Didacticism in Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower (Geneva B. and Marilyn S.)

Hyperempathy Syndrome and Normative Girlhood in Parable of the Sower (Kho S and Rachel W)

In Parable of the Sower, the main character Lauren has a fictional disease called hyper empathy syndrome, meaning she feels the pain and the pleasure of others. In their introduction, Day, Green-Barteet, and Monz discuss the Currie, Kelly, and Pomerantz article which states that narratives surrounding girlhood have “positioned young women in a space that … Continue reading Hyperempathy Syndrome and Normative Girlhood in Parable of the Sower (Kho S and Rachel W)

The Hunger Games: How Katniss Breaks the Mold of Your Typical Female Protagonist While Simultaneously Reinforcing the Constructs of Girlhood (Cass M and Danielle T)

The Hunger Games, a young adult dystopian novel, is written with an emphasis on the female protagonist, Katniss Everdeen.  The book deals with heavy tropes regarding politics, quality of life, and rebellion. On the surface, these themes may seem to out shine the sub themes of love and girlhood.  Through a deeper analysis, one can recognize … Continue reading The Hunger Games: How Katniss Breaks the Mold of Your Typical Female Protagonist While Simultaneously Reinforcing the Constructs of Girlhood (Cass M and Danielle T)

Fashion as Argument in The Hunger Games (By Marie R. and Jessica I.)

Panem is a country that is under constant surveillance by the Capitol through the enforcement of laws and Peacekeepers. As a result, citizens of the twelve districts must self-monitor to ensure they fall in line with the Capitol’s expectations. If not, they face a range of punishments from whippings to slavery to death. The question … Continue reading Fashion as Argument in The Hunger Games (By Marie R. and Jessica I.)

Just Another Relationship to Sell: A Look at the Failed Romance in The Hunger Games (Presley S. and Emma B.)

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a novel that has arguably become one of the most popular young adult dystopian novels of this generation. It has joined the ranks of novels like Twilight, where the two male figures have been pitted against the other in order to win the heroine’s affection. Similar to other … Continue reading Just Another Relationship to Sell: A Look at the Failed Romance in The Hunger Games (Presley S. and Emma B.)

Girls on Fire: Girlhood in YA Dystopian Fiction, Course Descripton

In Girl Power: Girls Redefining Girlhood, Dawn H. Currie, Deirdre M. Kelly, and Shauna Pomerantz point to the fact that “until recently, girlhood has been ‘the other’ of feminism’s womanhood: girlhood was defined negatively, against womanhood” in ways that present adult femininity as the successful abandonment of young or adolescent womanhood (4). Currie, Kelly, and … Continue reading Girls on Fire: Girlhood in YA Dystopian Fiction, Course Descripton