Department or Program

Environmental Studies

Second Department or Program

English

Abstract

An examination of six novels spanning one century of American post-apocalyptic anxiety-- The Scarlet Plague, by Jack London; Earth Abides, by George R. Stewart; Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank; The Postman by David Brin; and the World Made By Hand series, by James Howard Kunstler. Through close readings, the author establishes the thesis that post-apocalyptic American literature is ultimately a genre of hope. The themes of food, manly agency, and symbolism are explored, and the trope of simplification as renewal and salvation is identified.

First Advisor

Carolyn Dekker

Date of Graduation

Spring 5-2015

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Number of Pages

161

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