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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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Coming of Age and the Other

Coming of Age and the Other

Critical Posthumanism in Paolo Bacigalupi’s Ship Breaker and The Drowned Cities

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Posthumanism in Young Adult Fiction

Lars Schmeink

University Press of Mississippi

Paolo Bacigalupi, known for his eco-fiction, sets his Ship Breaker and The Drowned Cities in dystopias of flooded environments controlled and exploited by huge corporations. Everything is commodified, including children’s bodies. Lars Schmeink demonstrates how the adolescent protagonists Nailer and Mahlia resist genetic determinism and find hope as they create alternative value systems. The animal-human hybrid Tool, common to both novels, also resists his supposed DNA-determined behavior as mindless warrior and frees himself to become tool to no one. Critical, or ethical, posthumanism offers a vision for creating subjectivities that embrace the Other and forge paths to a better future.

Keywords:   Eco-fiction, Critical posthumanism, Hybridity, Dystopian, Genetic determinism

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