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Representations of Post-Apocalypse in Colson Whitehead’s Novel Zone One
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this essay is to relate Colson Whitehead’s novel Zone One to the framework James Berger presents in his book After the End on post-apocalyptic fiction; to find answers to the questions: what are post-apocalyptic representations and what purpose do they serve? Why does America produce so much post-apocalyptic fiction? How do post-apocalyptic representations and repressed trauma work? The essay establishes how Zone One and James Berger’s framework converge on three main topics: the nature of post-apocalyptic language, the notion of post-apocalyptic fiction as a result of repressed traum,a and the use of post-apocalyptic fiction as social critique.

Language adaption is important not only as a way to produce the break between the literary now and the literary then but also as a way to present certain aspects of the critique that the novel puts forward, such as the parody of the political use of slogans. It also reveals how post-apocalyptic fiction works as a way for societies such as America to work through repressed traumas like that of 9/11 that does not fit into the idea of a perfect society. The essay shows how Whitehead through his use of zombie fiction reveals societal fears such as fear of the other and fear of de-individualization in modern American society.

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2012. , 23 p.
Keyword [en]
Whitehead, James Berger, Post-apocalypse, Zombie, Post-humanism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-86932OAI: diva2:599813
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2014-01-22 Created: 2013-01-22 Last updated: 2014-01-22Bibliographically approved

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