Date of Award

7-9-2020

Document Type

Thesis and Dissertation

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Department of English

First Advisor

Katherine Ellison

Abstract

Popular entertainment has become concerned with addressing issues of climate catastrophe in order to reflect the real concerns of its audience. Because these media narratives are produced by wealthy institutions that reach millions of people, it is vital to understand what these stories say about the causes of existential crises and their presented solutions. This thesis applies an ecocritical approach informed by environmental justice theorists and Marxist theory in order to analyze what a contemporary popular film, videogame, and novel have to say about addressing an oncoming ecological crisis. This analysis reveals that mass death among the disempowered is considered inevitable in these fantasies, and that only a certain few empowered individuals are capable of restoring the world to a fragile status quo.

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DOI

https://doi.org/10.30707/ETD2020.1606247535.292018as

Page Count

89

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