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Jul 23, Amy Sturgis rated it it was amazing Shelves: literary-criticism , 21st-century. In an accessible, easy-to-read style, Applebaum argues that an anti-technological bias exists within contemporary young adult science fiction. Such technophobic literature, she explains, can disempower young readers and strengthen adult power and authority by suggesting that the technologies of the future are by their very nature negative forces, while neglecting to appreciate young peoples' often positive interactions with technology today which tend to be more sophisticated than their adult In an accessible, easy-to-read style, Applebaum argues that an anti-technological bias exists within contemporary young adult science fiction.
Such technophobic literature, she explains, can disempower young readers and strengthen adult power and authority by suggesting that the technologies of the future are by their very nature negative forces, while neglecting to appreciate young peoples' often positive interactions with technology today which tend to be more sophisticated than their adult counterparts'. Applebaum does a great job of putting this phenomenon in a larger cultural and sociological context in terms of popular -- and generation-specific -- understandings of childhood, innocence, technology, and the future.
She backs up her compelling argument with very detailed case studies of a number of contemporary science fiction novels for young adult audiences. It also marks a significant contribution to scholarship on young adult science fiction, especially young adult dystopian fiction.
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Yeah we get it. Basically, the idea is this Still haven't been able to hunt down any novels by the steampunk trio published in the 80s. Ok enough Yeah we get it. Ok enough procrastinating, back to work. Apr 17, Kazia rated it really liked it. I'd give this a little more like a 3. It's a great overview of criticism related to the topic, as well as many I think mainly British? YA SF. However, while Applebaum's argument is strong, relatively little of the text is actually her arguments and analysis.
What she does have is well-researched, well-thought-out, and engaging, but I wish there was more of it!
Oct 19, Ferne Merrylees rated it it was amazing. This text has assisted me greatly in my studies, offering new ideas on the representations of technology in young adult fiction specifically in science fiction. Jonathan Ball rated it really liked it Aug 12, Bibi rated it it was amazing Oct 26, Kanta rated it liked it Sep 12, Krista the Krazy Kataloguer marked it as to-read Nov 23, Nyssa marked it as to-read Apr 09, Lise Rasmussen is currently reading it Jul 23, Emma marked it as to-read Apr 10, Stacy added it Jan 23, Jordan Dean marked it as to-read Jan 23, I have three other large projects in the works, each more exciting than the others!
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