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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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China Miéville’s Young Adult Novels

China Miéville’s Young Adult Novels

Posthumanist Assemblages

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(p.247) 12 China Miéville’s Young Adult Novels
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Posthumanism in Young Adult Fiction
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Anita Tarr

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496816696.003.0012

Noting the penchant for China Miéville’s writings to defy genre categorization, Anita Tarr labels his three YA novels as posthumanist assemblages, being posthumanist-Marxist-fantasy-Gothic horror-Young Adult novels. King Rat, Un Lun Dun, and Railsea are all re-envisionings of classic stories (“Pied Piper of Hamelin,” Through the Looking-Glass, and Moby Dick), sometimes to the detriment of Miéville’s superlative imaginative writing. Miéville is especially concerned with his protagonists resisting their conventional heroic destiny as they explore their posthumanist possibilities. Stock full of hybrid characters, each novel acknowledges fluid boundaries (fantasy and reality, animal and human) and multiple subjectivities; however, each is also burdened with heavy ties to anti-consumerist lessons.

Keywords:   Hybridity, China Miéville, Marxism, Posthumanism, Assemblages

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