“My Eucharist to the people of District 11”: bread, sacrifice and thanksgiving in The Hunger Games

Bloomfield, Jem (2017) “My Eucharist to the people of District 11”: bread, sacrifice and thanksgiving in The Hunger Games. Theology, 120 (3). pp. 190-196. ISSN 2044-2696

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Abstract

The imagery of bread in The Hunger Games provides an opportunity to read the novel within a Christian tradition alert to themes of suffering, sacrifice and solidarity. This article examines how the novel “re-enchants” bread as both a site of ideological conflict and potential social healing, and draws out how this relates to the book’s place within consumer capitalism and Young Adult fiction. It also considers how a Christian interpretation might connect to current tensions around inclusion and identity.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: popular culture and theology, Eucharist, Hunger Games, dystopia, blessing, Bible and literature
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of English
Identification Number: 10.1177/0040571X16684430
Depositing User: Zimmerman, Emma
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2016 13:57
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2017 20:40
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/35754

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