Post-Separation Studies: Race and Gender in Sherri L. Smith’s Orleans (Laura B. and Aesha N.)

In her novel Orleans, Sherri L. Smith “connects the past to the future by imagining Hurricane Katrina to be the first in a series of extreme weather events leading to a post-Apocalyptic New Orleans” (Coleman 1). Smith’s post-apocalyptic New Orleans, however, disproportionately exposes women and Black individuals to devastation. Smith’s imagined world thereby examines gender … Continue reading Post-Separation Studies: Race and Gender in Sherri L. Smith’s Orleans (Laura B. and Aesha N.)

Using the Delta Fever to Reassert AIDS into the Current Discourse: An Analysis of Sherri L. Smith’s Orleans (By Sam E. and Alison R.)

In Sherri L. Smith’s novel Orleans, disease is a key plot element. We argue that the Delta Fever (DF) parallels HIV/AIDS through the construction of the disease as a blood-borne virus treated as highly contagious by caretakers. Gross, Goldsmith and Carruth argue that HIV/AIDS discourse for young people has been silenced. Referencing Michel Foucault, we … Continue reading Using the Delta Fever to Reassert AIDS into the Current Discourse: An Analysis of Sherri L. Smith’s Orleans (By Sam E. and Alison R.)

“You speak like a little lady and your skin be smooth”: Blood and Bodily Purity in Orleans (Abbie J and Sarah L)

The society presented in Sherri Smith’s Orleans is not emphatically divided by race, class, or gender. Unlike other YA dystopian protagonists (such as Katniss Everdeen or Pressia Belze), Fen de la Guerre does not live in a culture of Have and Have Not. Instead, the ruins of New Orleans are divided among blood tribes, and … Continue reading “You speak like a little lady and your skin be smooth”: Blood and Bodily Purity in Orleans (Abbie J and Sarah L)

‘She Knows the Doll Head Because it’s Part of Her’: The Body in Pure (By Noortje K, Jen T and Alexandria R)

The construction of Pressia’s body in Pure sees signifiers inscribed on the body in a very literal way. Foucalt sees the body as an ‘object and target of power’—it can be ‘manipulated and shaped’ (136), and the population outside the Dome have bodies that have been literally manipulated and shaped by the Detonation. This theme … Continue reading ‘She Knows the Doll Head Because it’s Part of Her’: The Body in Pure (By Noortje K, Jen T and Alexandria R)

Creepily Twisted YA Tropes in Julianna Baggott’s Pure (Madyson White and Selena Huband)

Julianna Baggott’s Pure is a Young Adult novel that, from a first appearance, seems like a typical YA dystopian that follows the tropes of the genre. Pure contains a great deal of these tropes but it also distorts them to set the tone of a darker dystopian novel. Some of the twisted tropes of YA … Continue reading Creepily Twisted YA Tropes in Julianna Baggott’s Pure (Madyson White and Selena Huband)

Gender Roles and Binaries in Julianna Baggott’s Pure (Deanne B. and Laura M.)

Julianna Baggott's novel Pure, challenges normative understandings of the gender binary by creating an America where desolation has forced the remainder of civilization to fight for survival, while simultaneously reinforcing it through the privileged lives of the Pure. For the Pure who reside in the Dome, gender roles and binaries are strictly enforced through the … Continue reading Gender Roles and Binaries in Julianna Baggott’s Pure (Deanne B. and Laura M.)

Tell Me I’m Pretty: Disabled Femininity in Julianna Baggott’s Pure (Charlotte E. and Kirsty R.)

Julianna Baggott’s dystopian Pure features a post-apocalyptic America. Destroyed by the Detonations, American society is racialized into two distinct groups: the Pures within the Dome and the Wretches without. While the citizens of the Dome live artificial lives governed by a totalitarian government, the Wretches live in anarchy, fused to their belongings, surroundings, and even … Continue reading Tell Me I’m Pretty: Disabled Femininity in Julianna Baggott’s Pure (Charlotte E. and Kirsty R.)