Negotiating Hope and Honesty: A Rhetorical Criticism of Young Adult Dystopian Fiction Negotiating Hope and Honesty: A Rhetorical Criticism of Young Adult Dystopian Fiction
Using a rhetorical approach established by Wayne Booth in The Rhetoric of Fiction and The Company We Keep, this thesis traces the reasons for the inclusion of hope and the strategies by which hope is created and maintained. Booth’s rhetorical approach recognizes that a narrative is a relational act. At issue in this study is the consideration of what follows from viewing a narrative as a dynamic exchange between text, author and reader. Through a focus on rhetoric as identification, the responsibilities of both the author and the reader to a text are identified and discussed.
Three young adult novels, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, The Giver by Lois Lowry and Feed by M.T. Anderson will be analyzed as case studies. Together the analysis of these novels reveals that storytelling is an act of forging identifications and forming alliances. The reader becomes more than just a spectator of the author’s rhetoric; the reader is a fully involved member of the interpretive and evaluative process.
School:Brigham Young University
School Location:USA - Utah
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:dystopia rhetoric young adult literature wayne booth lois lowry m t anderson madeleine l engle the giver feed a wrinkle in time identification of fiction company we keep kay sambell
Date of Publication:03/03/2005