In order to empower adolescents, this thesis examines how the adult conception of the human in humanism disempowers adolescents. This thesis examines this process in Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff's Illuminae, a work of young adult science fiction with non-traditional text structures. In consequence of their disempowerment, the adolescent Kady and artificially intelligent AIDAN impersonate human authorities in order to gain control over their lives. When these attempts fail, Kady and AIDAN transition from a humanist conception of the human, as an isolated self that balances rationality and emotionality, to a posthuman conception of the human, a distributed self that accepts the hybridization of adolescent and machine. The development of a posthuman self enables adolescents and AI control over their own lives, an alternative form of maturation that suggests a means for empowering adolescents through the use of technology. This alternative maturation counters traditional maturation in young adult science fiction and anti-technology trends in young adult science fiction.
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BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Williams, Gregory Alaric, "Posthuman Maturation in Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff's Illuminae: Re-Conceptualizing the Human for Adolescence and Artificial Intelligence" (2017). Theses and Dissertations. 6774.
Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman, posthumanism, human, artificial intelligence, adolescence, young adult literature, hybridization, maturation