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Technology and Identity in Young Adult Fiction

The Posthuman Subject

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Part of the Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature book series (CRACL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Victoria Flanagan
    Pages 1-10
  3. Victoria Flanagan
    Pages 11-38
  4. Victoria Flanagan
    Pages 39-69
  5. Victoria Flanagan
    Pages 70-99
  6. Victoria Flanagan
    Pages 186-191
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 192-205

About this book


Technology and Identity in Young Adult Fiction is not a historical study or a survey of narrative plots, but takes a more conceptual approach that engages with the central ideas of posthumanism: the fragmented nature of posthuman identity, the concept of agency as distributed and collective and the role of embodiment in understandings of selfhood.


Young Adult Fiction Technology Critical Approaches to Children's Literature fiction fragment identity Narrative technology

About the authors

Victoria Flanagan is a senior lecturer in English at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, and the convenor of the MA in Children's Literature. Her research focuses on transgressive gender representations and the application of posthuman ideology to children's texts. She is the author of Into the Closet: Cross-dressing and the Gendered Body in Children's Literature and Film (2008).

Bibliographic information


“An ambitious project in the Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature Series … . Technology and Identity in Young Adult Fiction: The Posthuman Subject is a wellthought- out and excellently argued book. The author manages to present a positive image of posthumanism in YA literature as a driving force behind novel identities of the digital age and offers numerous insightful ideas that even those readers who do not normally engage with posthumanism will enjoy.” (Robert Gadowski, International Research in Children's Literature, Vol. 9 (2), December, 2016)

“Victoria Flanagan’s Technology and Identity in Young Adult Fiction offers an engaging exploration of technology in young adult … fiction, including ideas of identity, embodiment, subjectivity and individual agency in posthuman fiction. … She writes engagingly, offering insight and her texts connect through this common thread. … The sum total is a convincingly written, well-argued and fascinating exploration of the use of the posthuman in YA fiction.” (Katherine Ford, The British Society of Literature and Science,, January, 2016)