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Environmental Perspectives and Speculating Futures in Fiction for Teenagers

Webb, Jean ORCID: (2017) Environmental Perspectives and Speculating Futures in Fiction for Teenagers. In: Teaching English with Challenging Texts Literature in Language Education with 8-18 Year Olds. Bloomsbury, London. (In Press)

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Contemporary speculative fiction for teenagers increasingly reflects the concerns of western society about the environment and climate change. This chapter considers how the reader is placed by speculative fiction which reflects upon potential problems arising from the consequences of global warming and environmental destruction projected into imagined futures on a spectrum from realism to the posthuman. These concerns are discussed through a range of texts including Floodland (2010) by Marcus Sedgwick; Jeanne DuPrau’s The City of Ember (2003/2005) and Isobelle Carmody’s Obernewtyn (1987/2010). Suggestions for classroom activities are also provided.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: fiction for teenagers, teenage fiction, speculative fiction, contemporary attitudes, social concerns, environmental concerns
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
P Language and Literature > PZ Childrens literature
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Humanities
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Depositing User: Jean Webb
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 13:44
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:18

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