I am an expert in the apocalyptic imagination. 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. Praise for The Contemporary Post-Apocalyptic Novel: “a landmark study of 21st century fiction”, “a theoretical tour de force”, “a rigorously interdisciplinary work”, “demonstrates the social relevance of literature and literary analysis”.
You can find my other writings on the contemporary post-apocalyptic novel here:
- [In press] “Patterns of Repetition: Colonialism, Capitalism and Climate Breakdown in Contemporary Post-Apocalyptic Fiction.” Parallax.
- “‘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.