From the gingerbread house to the cornucopia: gastronomic utopia as social critique in Homecoming and The Hunger Games.

Sarah Hardstaff

Abstract


Sarah Hardstaff explores a theme surprisingly common in children’s literature: hunger, and its connections to child empowerment and disempowerment in society. Hardstaff crosses generic lines, looking at realistic fiction, dystopian fiction, and fairy tales as she explores the differing contexts of each, and how hunger and plenty affect the agency of protagonists as well as the hunger of the reader or hearer in differing circumstances. More specifically, she explores hunger as the driver of change, and the vehicle for protagonists to effect change in their lives and their worlds.

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The Looking Glass: new perspectives on children's literature

ISBN 1551-5680