Ellie Fielding-RedpathPhD student
My thesis explores post-9/11 fictional representations of cults (e.g. novels, film, television, videogames) within contemporary American literature. It focuses on the apocalyptic and millennarian ideologies of such movements and engages with the rise of apocalyptic interest in contemporary American society. It discusses how such fictional representations critically engage with regimes of power: both addressing contemporary issues such as gendered and racialised inequalities, and emphasising how such fictional representations can be seen to destabilise such power structures.
My MA dissertation, "'Infected with Terrible Purpose': Alien Messianism from 1950s Science Fiction to Contemporary Adaptation' explored the critical observation that premillennial epistemologically-focused texts were adapted to be more ontologically-focused. Using messianic figures, I showed how the American science fiction genre exists as a hybrid space wherein epistemological and ontological debates can coexist.
My research interests include: speculative and future fictions; contemporary literature; American popular culture; science-fiction; adaptations; videogame theory; literature and theology; fiction as resistance.
Dr Andrew Tate, Reader in Literature, Religion and Aesthetics