Of Bread and Blood: Essays on The Hunger Games Trilogy

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Mary Pharr (Florida Southern College) and Leisa A. Clark (University of South Florida)

Twenty-first century culture has a particular focus on re-imagining and popularizing established narrative genres, a reinvestment of canonical material in postmodern clothing. The next step in the postmodern reinvestment of the epic has now been taken. In 2008, the year after the Harry Potter series concluded in print, Suzanne Collins published The Hunger Games, the first novel in a trilogy that not only invokes the complexity of the epic spirit but also convincingly demonstrates the ambiguity of action--any action--within the hellish context of war. Set in a futuristric dystopia called Panem, The Hunger Games, along with its sequels Catching Fire and Mockingjay, follows Katniss Everdeen's transformative journey from a poverty-stricken nobody to the heroic symbol of a rebellion against tyranny.

We invite essays for a collection that explores the topics/themes/ideas in and socio-cultural implications of The Hunger Games trilogy. We anticipate that this collection will include 16-18 essays, and as a working guide, the essays should be 4000-5000 words. Essays must adhere to MLA format.

Submission Guidelines: Please send a 500-word proposal in Word, followed by a short bibliography showing the paper's scholarly and theoretical context. Please also include a short professional description of yourself.

Submission deadline: June 15, 2011
Direct inquires and proposals to mpharr@flsouthern.edu and to