Dystopian novels have been part of the literary landscape for many years. Today, dystopian fiction is one of the most popular genres in the booming young adult literature market, and series such as The Hunger Games or The Maze Runner are increasingly read by adults as well. In this talk, UW Tacoma Assistant Professor Andrea Modarres will explore the popularity of dystopian fiction written for young adults, asking: What qualifies as dystopian? Why it is such a favorite genre for readers of all ages? And how do dystopian novels use fictional settings to express fears or anxieties about real-world issues?
A partnership between the UW Tacoma School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and the Washington State History Museum, the Scholarly Selections series brings UW Tacoma scholars’ work to the public in an informal setting. Talks are held on the Third Thursday of the month when admission to the museum is free.