Abstract

This essay examines varying models of social justice and the possibilities for enacting change in three speculative young adult novels. To interrogate M. T. Anderson's Feed (2002), Nancy Farmer's The House of the Scorpion (2002), and Pete Hautman's Rash (2006) as representative literature of the trajectory of global capitalism, this essay employs economic and cultural theory from the twentieth and twenty-first century to understand how young adults are being refigured as consumers, producers, and agents for resistance in the imagined twenty-first century of the novels. The essay addresses both contemporary concerns and manifestations of global capitalism and how the authors represent this condition and our future through ideas of youth subjects as revolutionary forces, whether because of their idealized youth status, their isolated acts of resistance, or collective partnership.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1553-1201
Print ISSN
0885-0429
Pages
pp. 89-103
Launched on MUSE
2011-02-24
Open Access
No
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