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Posthumanism in Young Adult FictionFinding Humanity in a Posthuman World$
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Anita Tarr and Donna R. White

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496816696

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496816696.001.0001

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Anxieties of Technological Determinism in Contemporary Coming-of-Age Narratives

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Posthumanism in Young Adult Fiction

Shannon Hervey

University Press of Mississippi

Focusing on four YA novels-—#16thingsithoughtweretrue,The Future of Us, Feed, and The Unwritten—Shannon Hervey describes how adolescent anxiety results from the realization that teens are not just addicted to the Internet; they are tech-human hybrids. Social media demands self-commodification with the capitalistic return of followers and readers, feeding the fear that the virtual self seems to create or at least control the material self. Three of the novels offer unsatisfactory endings, as withdrawal from social media is the only answer. The Unwritten, though, tries to work through the process of actualization and the acceptance of posthumanist subjectivities.

Keywords:   Social networking, Technology-human hybridity, Self-commodification, Posthuman subjectivities, Virtual vs. Material

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