DYSTOPIA, THE HUNGER GAMES, AND THE CULTURE OF DEATH (SAMLA, 11/4-6/16; 6/6/16))
DYSTOPIA, THE HUNGER GAMES, AND THE CULTURE OF DEATH
The word utopia, coined by St. Thomas More, seems to be a Latin pun: It is used in the sense of eu-topia, a "good place" or "ideal society," which More claimed was his intended sense, but the spelling of u-topia means "nowhere" and is often taken to suggest that eutopia is impossible, as well as, nonexistent. More's term eventually suggested a more practical word, dystopia, and speculative fiction has benefited from this concept over the course of many years. Young adult literature, and films based on this literature, has particularly embraced this concept, and this panel seeks to explore the reasons for this phenomenon. Papers on trilogies such as The Hunger Games and Divergent, as well as other works, are welcome. Please send a 250 word abstract to: Myrna J. Santos, ESLCARE@aol.com by June 6th, 2016.