Ellie Fielding-RedpathPhD student
Post-/Apocalyptic fictions fundamentally alter our existing reality. It both ends and creates - unveiling hidden truths and offering a "clean-slate". My research analyses twenty-first century North American fictions within this genre. Exploring the pursuit of the apocalypse, or life thereafter, I propose the trope of the cult as resistor to regimes of power within the post-/apocalyptic genre. Assessing the stereotypes manufactured by anticult rhetoric, I explore the "threat" of the cult as a method by which regimes of power silence those who seek to challenge their authority.
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