Mapping the undiscovered country: a brief introduction to contemporary afterlife fiction for young adults

Sophie Masson


In the last fifteen years, fiction set in or about the afterlife has become a popular and critically acclaimed sub-genre within contemporary speculative fiction for young adults especially, but not only, in English-language publishing. These narratives, where the main characters die at the beginning of the story and find themselves in an alien world, the world beyond death, have developed into a fertile ground for imaginative and intellectual challenge and discovery, as a means both to depict the ultimate culture shock and a challenging exploration of otherness and alienation.

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The Looking Glass: new perspectives on children's literature

ISBN 1551-5680