Department or Program

Environmental Studies

Second Department or Program



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.

Level of Access

Restricted: Embargoed [Bates Community After Expiration]

First Advisor

Carolyn Dekker

Date of Graduation

Spring 5-2015

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Number of Pages



Available to Bates Community via local IP address or Bates login on Thursday, April 10, 2025.