Examines the key characters, plot lines, and themes of the series while applying the perspectives of Charles Darwin, Thomas Hobbes, and Plato.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
"The final word on entertainment": mimetic and monstrous art in the Hunger games / Brian McDonald -- "Somewhere between hair ribbons and rainbows": how even the shortest song can change the world / Anne Torkelson -- "I will be your mockingjay": the power and paradox of metaphor in the Hunger games trilogy / Jill Olthouse -- "The odds have not been very dependable of late": morality and luck in the Hunger games trilogy / George A. Dunn -- The joy of watching others suffer: Schadenfreude and the Hunger games / Andrew Shaffer -- "So here I am in his debt again": Katniss, gifts, and invisible strings / Jennifer Culver -- Competition and kindness: the Darwinian world of the Hunger games / Abigail Mann -- "No mutt is good"-really? Creating interspecies chimeras / Jason T. Eberl -- Why Katniss chooses Peeta: looking at love through a stoic lens / Abigail E. Myers -- "She has no idea. The effect she can have.": Katniss and the politics of gender / Jessica Miller -- Sometimes the world is hungry for people who care: Katniss and the feminist care ethic / Lindsey Issow Averill -- Why does Katniss fail at everything she fakes? Being versus seeming to be in the Hunger games trilogy / Dereck Coatney -- Who is Peeta Mellark? The problem of identity in Panem / Nicolas Michaud -- "Safe to do what?": morality and the war of all against all in the arena / Joseph J. Foy -- Starting fires can get you burned: the just-war tradition and the rebellion against the capitol / Louis Melançon -- The tribute's dilemma: the Hunger games and game theory / Andrew Zimmerman Jones -- Discipline and the docile body: regulating hungers in the capitol / Christina Van Dyke -- "All of this is wrong": why one of Rome's greatest thinkers would despise the capitol / Adam Barkman -- Class is in session: power and privilege in Panem / Chad William Timm