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Dystopian visions of global capitalism : Philip Reeve's Mortal Engines and M. T. Anderson's Feed

Bullen, Elizabeth and Parsons, Elizabeth 2007, Dystopian visions of global capitalism : Philip Reeve's Mortal Engines and M. T. Anderson's Feed, Children`s literature in education, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 127-139.

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Title Dystopian visions of global capitalism : Philip Reeve's Mortal Engines and M. T. Anderson's Feed
Author(s) Bullen, Elizabeth
Parsons, Elizabeth
Journal name Children`s literature in education
Volume number 38
Issue number 2
Start page 127
End page 139
Publisher Springer Science+Business Media
Place of publication Delft, Netherlands
Publication date 2007-06
ISSN 1573-1693
0045-6713
Keyword(s) children’s literature
dystopias
risk
capitalism
Summary This article examines Philip Reeve’s novel for children, Mortal Engines, and M.T. Anderson’s young adult novel, Feed, by assessing these dystopias as prototypical texts of what Ulrich Beck calls risk society. Through their visions of a fictional future, the two narratives explore the hazards created by contemporary techno-economic progress, predatory global politics and capitalist excesses of consumption. They implicitly pose the question: “In the absence of a happy ending for western civilisation, what kind of children can survive in dystopia?”
Notes The original publication can be found at www.springerlink.com
Language eng
Field of Research 200599 Literary Studies not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Springer Science+Business Media LLC
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007625

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