Perspectives

To engage in a broader conversation about “A Place in the Sun” by Joanne Harris, we recommend that you also consider the literary period when it was written, as well as similar work…

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Literary period

Published in 2006, the short story fits the literary movement we call Postmodernism which defines most of literature published starting with the 1960s. Postmodernist works can be r…

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Works with the same theme

When analysing “A Place in the Sun”, it could be helpful to compare it with other stories that address the same themes. Here are a few examples:

The story “Popular Girls” by Karen Shepard, follows a group of girls (who are a collective first-person narrator), presenting their concern with their appearance and reputation, drinking, and finally being pressured into having sex with three older men. Both stories address the issues of peer pressure and the way in which society pressures young girls to act and look older than they are.

“Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut also presents a dystopian society. In this case, however, rather than encouraging citizens to compete against each other …

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