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.)

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

Blog Assignment, Directions

Blog Assignment As part of our work together, we will maintain a collaborative course blog called Girls on Fire: Constructions of Girlhood in YA Dystopian Fiction. It is an online forum designed to expand on our readings and discussions. YA dystopian and speculative fiction are rich and diverse genres. Given the recent explosion in texts … Continue reading Blog Assignment, Directions

Girls on Fire: Constructions of Girlhood in YA Dystopian Fiction (by Dr. G-B)

Welcome to English 3900F and Women's Studies 3315F! This is a cross-listed course in which we will consider how girls and girlhood have been constructed in contemporary examples of Young Adult (YA) dystopian fiction. In Girl Power: Girls Redefining Girlhood, Dawn H. Currie, Deirdre M. Kelly, and Shauna Pomerantz point to the fact that “until … Continue reading Girls on Fire: Constructions of Girlhood in YA Dystopian Fiction (by Dr. G-B)