The Politics of Panem

Challenging Genres

  • Sean P. Connors

Part of the Critical Literacy Teaching Series book series (LITE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
    1. Sean P. Connors
      Pages 1-12
  2. “It’s All How You’re Perceived”

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Roberta Seelinger Trites
      Pages 15-28
    3. Susan S. M. Tan
      Pages 29-43
    4. Meghann Meeusen
      Pages 45-61
  3. “I Have a Kind of Power I Never Knew I Possessed”

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Brian Mcdonald
      Pages 65-84
    3. Sean P. Connors
      Pages 85-102
    4. Michael Macaluso, Cori Mckenzie
      Pages 103-121
  4. “Look at the State they Left us in”

  5. “That’s a Wrap”

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Hilary Brewster
      Pages 169-188
    3. Iris Shepard, Ian Wojcik-Andrews
      Pages 189-202
    4. Antero Garcia, Marcelle Haddix
      Pages 203-217
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 223-225

About this book


The Hunger Games trilogy is a popular culture success. Embraced by adults as well as adolescents, Suzanne Collins’s bestselling books have inspired an equally popular film franchise. But what, if anything, can reading the Hunger Games tell us about what it means to be human in the world today? What complex social and political issues does the trilogy invite readers to explore? Does it merely entertain, or does it also instruct?

Bringing together scholars in literacy education and the humanities, The Politics of Panem: Challenging Genres examines how the Hunger Games books and films, when approached from the standpoint of theory, can challenge readers and viewers intellectually. At the same time, by subjecting Collins’s trilogy to literary criticism, this collection of essays challenges its complexity as an example of dystopian literature for adolescents. How can applying philosophic frameworks such as those attributable to Socrates and Foucault to the Hunger Games trilogy deepen our appreciation for the issues it raises? What, if anything, can we learn from considering fan responses to the Hunger Games? How might adapting the trilogy for film complicate its ability to engage in sharp-edged social criticism? By exploring these and other questions, The Politics of Panem: Challenging Genres invites teachers, students, and fans of the Hunger Games to consider how Collins’s trilogy, as a representative of young adult dystopian fiction, functions as a complex narrative. In doing so, it highlights questions and issues that lend themselves to critical exploration in secondary and college classrooms.


Hunger Games literacy education philosophic frameworks

Editors and affiliations

  • Sean P. Connors
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ArkansasFayettevilleUSA

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