Reading About Solidarity and Collective Action: Social Minds in Radical Fantasy Fiction

Deszcz-Tryhubczak, Justyna (2018) Reading About Solidarity and Collective Action: Social Minds in Radical Fantasy Fiction. Children's Literature in Education. ISSN 0045-6713

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Abstract

This article employs the theory of social minds proposed by Alan Palmer ( Social Minds in the Novel , 2010 ) to argue for the emergence of a group-based thinking, feeling, and acting focused on reforming the status quo, using David Whitley’s Agora trilogy (2009–2013) as an example of Radical Fantasy. This particular sub - genre of fantasy is seen as radical in the way it envisions an intergenerational strug - gle by the oppressed against political, racial and economic injustice, resulting in a new social order (Deszcz-Tryhubczak, 2016 ). The notion of transformation, it is argued, is a characteristic quality of mental functioning in Radical Fantasy story - worlds. Beyond examining Whitley’s trilogy in these terms, the article also argues for a broader interest in intergenerational collective action in the field of children’s literature as a way of acknowledging texts that extend the aetonormative paradigm of children’s books (Nikolajeva, 2010 )

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: radical fantasy, social minds, intergenerational solidarity
Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences
Depositing User: Ian Walker
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2019 11:13
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2019 09:59
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/704095

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