113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Problems and Politics in The Hunger Games

Session Chair: 
Lauren Kelley Bond, San Bernardino Valley College
Session 1: Friday 8:50-10:20am
Willamette (PMCC)


  1. Jency Wilson, University of North Alabama
    Katniss Everdeen joins the ranks of numerous heroines in popular culture with uniquely individual effects on society, politics, and those around them. This presentation seeks to explore the unique aspects of Katniss' influence and her particular brand of individualized heroism within the dystopian society of Collins' Hunger Games universe.       
  2. Marjorie Ellenwood, La Sierra University
    Katniss Everdeen and the other tributes in the Hunger Games are, in and of themselves, creations of the Capitol--weapons, sharpened and weathered in their districts and then experimented on in the Capitol before and during the games. They are the results of nature, social class, and science—and perhaps prophetic of our own society’s end.  
  3. Megan Kwong, San Francisco State University
    Katniss' story and person are commodified by the Capitol's media. The book subverts this by giving readers Katniss' voice, retaining her agency. However, the movie--unable to retain the first-person narration--instead focuses on the production of Katniss as an aesthetic object, ultimately becoming complicit in the practices it critiques.
  4. Cait Weiss Orcutt, University of Houston
    Bridging issues of theoretical educational citizenship with Mockingjay’s adoption by online activism and the #BlackLivesMatter movement, this paper investigates the politics and possibilities of using Mockingjay as an educational and/or activist text inside and outside of the classroom. This paper examines the dialectic of the Hunger Games trilogy -- used in schools to address current events, in social media to motivate political action, and on the street, specifically in Ferguson, to supply a dystopian narrative framework for real-life revolt.
Session Cancelled: