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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.
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Date of Graduation
Bachelor of Arts
Sangree, Elizabeth Frieda, "Apocalyptic Simplification as Human Renewal: Examining the Tropes of Hope found in Post-Apocalyptic American Literature of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries" (2015). Standard Theses. 69.
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