Heather Lawrence (3283)

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Imagining Oppression in Young Adult Dystopian Literature

Hometown: Alexandria, Virginia 

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies

Advisor: Monica Griffin

For my Honors thesis, I will analyze seven young adult novels with dystopian themes for their depictions of oppression and how these depictions are informed by contemporary and historical racial issues. I will focus on two main elements: characterization and world, here referring to setting and important concepts (ex: the concept of blood purity in Harry Potter). I will also create a digital syllabus of texts for young adults building off the themes I observe in the novels.

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