• Urban Assault, Past and Future: Firebombing and Killer Robots in Suzanne Collins's Mockingjay

    Author(s):
    Kimberly K. Dougherty (see profile)
    Date:
    2014
    Group(s):
    LLC 20th- and 21st-Century American, TM The Teaching of Literature
    Subject(s):
    American literature, Modern literature, War literature, Young adult literature
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    american literature, contemporary literature
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6SP4P
    Abstract:
    In this article I examine the way Collins, in her young adult novel Mockingjay, connects historical context of an urban firebombing like those frequently seen during World War II, with the fictional presentation of a firebombing reminiscent of Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five to present the horrors of war to a new generation. I then show how she moves beyond past and current wars to present a frightening picture of future wars, televised and automated. Far from being science fiction, her vision reflects a very real threat; a session of the United Nations Convention for Conventional Weapons will address the use of fully autonomous weapons –killer robots—later this month. With this text, Collins exposes a new generation of readers to the horrors of past wars and challenges them to address the wars—and weapons-- of the future.
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Journal Article
    Pub. DOI:
    2014
    Publisher:
    The National Council of Teachers of English
    Journal:
    Notes on American Literature
    Volume:
    23
    Start Page:
    32
    End Page:
    42
    Status:
    Published
    License:
    All-Rights-Granted

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