Confronting ecological futures: global environmental crises in contemporary survival quests for young adults

Yvonne Hammer

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Abstract

This paper examines representations of societal concern in the futuristic ecological disaster fictions of three British authors: Julie Bertagna (Exodus; Zenith), Jan Mark (Riding Tycho; Voyager) and Marcus Sedgwick (Floodland). The depicted refugee journeys in these futuristic worlds speak into a growing global disquiet that surrounds current historic events. Environmental crises that ground the emergent world orders of depicted future societies set the scene in each coming of age frame: each survival quest embeds social and cultural issues recognisable to contemporary audiences in futuristic representations of changed world orders, limited resources, and isolated communities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-50
Number of pages17
JournalBarnboken - tidskrift för barnlitteraturforskning
Volume33
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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Keywords

  • Bertagna
  • Mark
  • Sedgwick
  • ecocriticism
  • refugees
  • postdisaster fiction
  • displacement
  • transformative utopianism

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