Today, we tend to think about the apocalypse as a catastrophe of overwhelmingly dystopian consequences but, traditionally, apocalyptic narratives concern the advent of a utopian world at the end of history. My research investigates what is at stake in this shift to a dystopian apocalyptic imagination by theorising the significance of time in the contemporary post-apocalyptic novel.
My book on this topic, The Contemporary Post-Apocalyptic Novel: Critical Temporalities and the End Times, is out with Bloomsbury.
You can find my other writings on the contemporary post-apocalyptic novel here:
- “‘False patterns out of chaos’: Writing beyond the Sense of an Ending in Being Dead and The Pesthouse” in Jim Crace: Into the Wilderness. Ed. Katy Shaw and Kate Aughterson. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. 65-79.
- “Critical Temporalities: Station Eleven and the Contemporary Post-Apocalyptic Novel.” Open Library of Humanities 4.2 (2018). This article is part of a special issue I co-edited with Daniel King, “Station Eleven and Twenty-First-Century Writing”.
- “‘Time, no arrow, no boomerang, but a concertina’: Cloud Atlas and the Anti-Apocalyptic Critical Temporalities of the Contemporary Post-Apocalyptic Novel.” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 59.2 (2018): 243-57.
- “The Representational Impasse of Post-Apocalyptic Fiction: The Pesthouse by Jim Crace.” Altre Modernità 9 (2013): 66-80.
You can also listen to and watch some of my lectures on the apocalyptic imagination in the talks section of this website.
My research on post-apocalyptic fiction was featured in Yle, Finland’s national public broadcasting company.
If you’d like to read something I’ve written but don’t have access to it, do get in touch.