The Bent Mirror
As students discover their identity, they become tied to gender/culture/ethnic communities. Students explore these identities to form connections to understand writing and ideas about their increasingly diverse world, challenging educators to creatively keep students from cynicism in citizenship. Speculative fiction exposes students to radically different cultures, not Americanized variations, where presupposed rules can’t be applied, and are unable to change the culture. This demonstrates blanket-solutions can’t be applied to all situations/cultures and expected to work. Rather solutions must be unique to that problem and culture. Speculative fiction authors create original settings that are contrary to the presupposed world, requiring imagination in examining the setting’s effect on characters and interactions. These position papers critically review speculative fiction, science fiction, fantasy and horror genres, to teach social justice.
Masters’ thesis: The Bent Mirror – Speculative Fiction for Social Justice