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Works Cited

Ames, Melissa. Engaging Apolitical Adolescents: Analyzing the Popularity and Educational

Potential of Dystopian Literature Post-9/11. High School Journal, vol. 97, no. 1,

Fall2013, p. 3. EBSCOhost,

direct=true&db=f5h&AN=102817215&site=eds-live. Melissa Ames article explaining

the interest of younger generations in politics through literature helps me to understand

why young adults tend to be so interested in these dystopian novels. I am going to use

this to help argue the point that by young readers taking an interest in dystopian novels

written by authors that have lived through 9/11 and the Cold War could help younger

generations prevent future occurrences like these and give them hope for a way out of

bad situations.

Greenwood, Amanda. The Handmaids Tale in context: a dystopian text such as The

Handmaids Tale can be seen as a commentary on the context in which it was written.

Amanda Greenwood shows how the practical and philosophical choices available to

women in the mid-1980s inform the novel. The English Review, vol. 20, no. 2, 2009, p.

10+. General OneFile,


%7CA210222997&asid=ffc7c95403ecf35403f204173761e5ec. Accessed 9 May 2017.

Greenwood places importance on the time period in which The Handmaids Tale

was written, explaining how this is one of the main causes to a women having the roleof

the main character. Margaret Atwood, the author of The Handmaids Tale wrote the book

in an attempt to make readers aware of struggles women face with equality.

Kokesh, Jessica and Miglena Sternadori. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: A Qualitative Study

of How Young Adult Fiction Affects Identity Construction. Atlantic Journal of

Communication, vol. 23, no. 3, Jul-Aug2015, p. 139. EBSCOhost,

The journal written by Jessica Kokesh has in-depth information including studies and

interviews that can help me come to a conclusion as to why dystopian novels are

primarily sold to a teenage age group. The journal focused on female readers which also

ties back to my point about how the main characters in dystopian novels tend to be


Larson, Erik. The Problems of Figuration: Totality and Fragmentation in Ricardo Piglias

Fiction. Confluencia, vol. 31, no. 2, Spring2016, pp. 57-71. EBSCOhost,

Erik Larsons journal explaining the use of fragmentation in books to help show

resistance to government ties in with my point stating how the use of fragmentation in

dystopian novels is also used for political resistance. She explains how it is directly

related to postmodernism, being one of the main themes, not trusting authority figures.

Nolan, Abby McGanney. Hells belles: tracking the teen heroines of the new dystopian

thrillers. The American Prospect, vol. 23, no. 2, 2012, p. 58+. General OneFile,

%7CA281112433&it=r&asid=09b9cefbfd2cfa41e4c7555f04c1a23d. Accessed 9 May

2017 This magazine article written by Noland helps to support my point that women are

used as a driving factor in these dystopian novels. She uses good textual evidence to give

specific examples from the story which further her point and mine. She specifically

references the both The Hunger Games and Divergent in her article, this makes it easy to

apply her argument directly to these two books I have chosen. Nolan also brings in other

main characters that play down the damsel in distress role often thought to be played by

female characters.