Space and Place in The Hunger Games

New Readings of the Novels


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About the Book

An international bestseller and the inspiration for a blockbuster film series, Suzanne Collins’s dystopian, young adult trilogy The Hunger Games has also attracted attention from literary scholars. While much of the criticism has focused on traditional literary readings, this innovative collection explores the phenomena of place and space in the novels—how places define people, how they wield power to create social hierarchies, and how they can be conceptualized, carved out, imagined and used. The essays consider wide-ranging topics: the problem of the trilogy’s Epilogue; the purpose of the love triangle between Katniss, Gale and Peeta; Katniss’s role as “mother”; and the trilogy as a textual “safe space” to explore dangerous topics. Presenting the trilogy as a place and space for multiple discourses—political, social and literary—this work assertively places The Hunger Games in conversation with the world in which it was written, read, and adapted.

About the Author(s)

Deidre Anne Evans Garriott is the writing center director and an instructor in the department of English at the University of South Carolina. She researches the intersections of public memory, racial justice, and identity as well as racial and social justice pedagogies in the writing center and classroom. In addition to her academic work, she is a published poet and a fiction writer. She lives in Columbia, South Carolina.

Whitney Elaine Jones is a doctoral candidate at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Julie Elizabeth Tyler is a doctoral candidate at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Deidre Anne Evans Garriott, Whitney Elaine Jones and Julie Elizabeth Tyler
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 264
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliographies, index
Copyright Date: 2014
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7633-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1451-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction: Taking Up and Entering Critical Space 1

Part I: Identifying and Challenging Narrative Spaces
Transgressing the Text and Playing Narrative Games: Katniss’s Narrative, “Real or Not Real?”    (Julie Elizabeth Tyler) 16
Tipping the Odds Ever in Her Favor: An Exploration of Narrative Control and Agency in the Novel and Film  (Anne M. Canavan and Sarah N. Petrovic) 45
Part II: Provoking Change and Creating Radical Spaces
Katniss and Her Boys: Male Readers, the Love Triangle and
Identity Formation  (Whitney Elaine Jones) 60
The Making of the Citizen and the Politics of Maturation (Susan Shau Ming Tan) 83
Part III: Experiencing Trauma in Safe Spaces
The Privileged Reader as Capitol and Learning Sympathy through Narrative  (Ann M. M. Childs) 102
Recreating the Holocaust: YA Dystopia and the Young Jewish Reader (Adam Levin) 124
Part IV: Popular Responses in Actual Spaces
“I have a kind of power I never knew I possessed”: Transformative
Motherhood and Maternal Influence   (Katie Arosteguy) 146
Performing the Capitol in Digital Spaces: The Punitive Gaze of the
Panopticon Among Fans and Critics (Deidre Anne Evans Garriott) 160
Creating a New Ethics: Student Responses, Reality Television and
Audience Awareness    (Linda J. Rice and Katie Wrabel) 184
Part V: Envisioning Future Spaces
Outside the Seam: The Construction of and Relationship to Panem’s Nature    (Carissa Ann Baker) 198
Political Muttations: “Real or Not Real?”     (Bruce Martin) 220
Conclusion: Where Can We Go and What Can We Disrupt from Here? 243
About the Contributors 247
Index 249

Book Reviews & Awards

“this is an excellent collection. There are no weak articles…essential reading”—SFRA Review.