Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

"Maps of the world[s] in its becoming[s]": Seeking queer potentialities in the post-apocalyptic narrative
by Kaiser, Carling V., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 102; 1586867
Abstract (Summary)

The post-apocalyptic narrative has been imagined time and again in American literature and popular culture. More often than not, it is presented as a dystopian future in which all signs of humanity and the world as we know it are lost. Through an examination of nature and environment, humanity, and time and futurity within two post-apocalyptic texts—Cormac McCarthy's novel The Road and Robert Kirkman's graphic novel The Walking Dead—this thesis explores the manner in which heteronormativity is presented and, more importantly, the ways in which this type of dominant order can be and are disrupted. Reading against the grain, I explore definitions "normative" and "nonnormative," "human" and "monstrous" within the post-apocalyptic narrative in an effort to suggest that these definitions are complicated in an attempt to present the post-apocalyptic future as a space for multiple potentialities and possibilities of living.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hart, George
Commitee: Caron, Tim, Lopez, Dennis
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: English
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: American literature, Gender studies
Keywords: Ecology, Futurity, Humanity, Post-apocalyptic, Queer theory, Zombies
Publication Number: 1586867
ISBN: 9781321695106