Carnivalizing the future: a new approach to theorizing childhood and adulthood in science fiction for young readers

Sambell, Kay (2004) Carnivalizing the future: a new approach to theorizing childhood and adulthood in science fiction for young readers. The Lion and the Unicorn, 28 (2). pp. 247-267. ISSN 1080-6563

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/uni.2004.0026

Abstract

The comic narrative strategies that Reeve uses in Mortal Engines set it apart from the bulk of deeply serious, starkly pessimistic science fiction for young readers. Sambell illustrates how Reeve eschews the oppressive admonitory tone of the dystopian genre, by playfully and humorously carnivalising the future instead. She argues that this innovative approach allows him to critique and subvert the polluted adult world in a manner that is not at odds with the desire to offer young readers optimistic possibilities within the post-catastrophe novel. A new style of didacticism is achieved, based upon an emancipatory model of child-adult relations.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R900 Others in European Languages, Literature and related subjects
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Health, Community and Education Studies > Education and Lifelong Learning
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2010 15:19
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1774

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