While social and climate scientists alike have attempted to present the crucial facts of climate change, their urgent warnings have seemingly resulted in comparatively little political action. In this project, I investigate the intersections of faith, environmental justice, and speculative futures in both Christian and popular literature and media in the US. Utilizing analysis based in interpretive methodologies and my own experience as a political educator and organizer, I analyze specific narratives in works of faith and fiction—each attempting to address environmental apocalypse, collective struggles for survival, and the processes of building livable futures—as works of political theory. I examine literary and cultural texts and consider ideas, values, beliefs, and strategies for surviving and adapting in the face of varying potent apocalypses. I specifically explore narratives in sermons and scriptural interpretations, novels, televised series, and podcasts as well as the strategies and processes presented to achieve articulated visions of the future. Additionally, I examine how storyteller-activists are defining and mobilizing specific communities in the face of climate disaster. My project provides a novel account of the intricate relationships between storytelling and prophecy, embodied experience, and on the ground political organizing in the US. My research seeks to identify practical strategies in hopes of facilitating movement through melancholic lamentation and doom and into sustained, creative political organizing.
|Advisor:||Lowndes, Joseph E.|
|Commitee:||Berk, Gerald, Chari, Anita, Weisiger , Marsha|
|School:||University of Oregon|
|Department:||Department of Political Science|
|School Location:||United States -- Oregon|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/9(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Political science, Environmental Justice, Religion, Mass communications|
|Keywords:||Apocalypse, Environmental justice, Jeremiad themes, Narrative, Speculative fiction, Faith, Peril, Christian literature|
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