Abstract

The publication of and the critical and public success of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games trilogy marks a significant departure from the norms of traditionally-popular young adult literature, particularly in its portrayal of a fiercely active female protagonist. This thesis argues that despite the noticeable progress these novels make in representing a strong female character, The Hunger Games series fails to adequately challenge other important aspects of oppression. I conduct a feminist literary analysis of The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay, focusing specifically on representations of capitalism and commodification, national and district pride, and sexual objectification and sexual harassment of female characters. Informed by feminist literary theory, this thesis provides a more nuanced analysis of the series and questions the degree to which it advances feminist goals. I demonstrate that, in addition to Katniss' lack of agency, the pro-capitalist and pro-nationalist aspects of The Hunger Games series signal a departure from an anti-oppressive, feminist agenda.

Advisor

Maria Bevacqua

First Committee Member

Jocelyn Stitt

Second Committee Member

Monika Antonelli

Date of Degree

2013

Language

english

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Gender and Women's Studies

College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

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