Surviving the Eco-Apocalypse: Losing the Natural World and the Self in Post-Apocalyptic and Dystopian Literature
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Robert L. Lynch, Jr., Ph. D.
This thesis discusses the connection between humanity and the ecosystem as they relate to modern science-fiction/dystopian apocalypse fiction. It explores the increasingly popular trope of antagonism between humanity and the environment, explaining how humans become more alienated from themselves and the environment as they rely more heavily on artificial and technological pursuits. The eco-apocalypse is discussed as a literary theme which warns about the consequences of environmental destruction and how it relates to the destruction and renewal of humanity itself.
Drake, Samantha, "Surviving the Eco-Apocalypse: Losing the Natural World and the Self in Post-Apocalyptic and Dystopian Literature" (2012). Theses & Honors Papers. 10.