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Studies in the Novel ; 54(2):235-254, 2022.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-2312709


Recent apocalyptic fiction suggests that epidemics can catalyze religious fanaticism, highlighting disturbing parallels between capitalism and fundamentalism. In Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake (2003), a disaffected corporate scientist develops a pandemic that seeds a religious revival and causes blame to fall on a misrepresented sect of religious environmentalists. In Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven (2014), a flu that decimates the global population is interpreted as a purifying act of God. In Ling Ma's Severance (2018), following a deadly disease that originates in China, a former corporate product coordinator based in New York City who mass-markets Bibles falls into the clutches of a religious cult led by an ex-IT specialist and investor. Our analysis examines how religion has been subsumed within corporate capitalism as well as the broad appeal unscientific reactions to the coronavirus could ultimately have, particularly as there are more virus-related economic problems.

Canadian Literature ; - (250):164-166, 2022.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-2250289
Extrapolation. ; 63(1):35, 2022.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-1934284


The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed much about intrahuman relations, exposing a "politics of pandemic othering" through its exacerbation of pre-existing social and political tensions while unsettling previously accepted understandings of sickness, care, and communal obligation. Just as significantly, the pandemic has also underlined the complex connections that exist between humans and nonhumans-both in the context of human-virus relations, and in the broader context of anthropogenic devastation of the natural world. This paper presents an analysis of Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam (2013), as read alongside the events of the COVID-19 pandemic, as an "ecosickness" narrative that considers the impact of a human-induced viral apocalypse on human-nonhuman relations. In particular, the novel explores the possibility of developing more positive, meaningful relationships with more-than-human others in the wake of a viral pandemic. Utilizing Donna Haraway's thoughts on "kin-making" and Heather Houser's work on "ecosickness fiction," I argue that the interconnectedness depicted between humans and nonhumans in MaddAddam represents the potential to develop what I term a "postpandemic kinship" in the COVID-19 era. I explore how the narrative of MaddAddam is generally positioned to explore this idea of human-nonhuman kinship and then discuss this further in relation to three key motifs that appear throughout the text: the nonhuman animal, refugia, and stories and storytellers.

New Literaria ; 2(2):1-7, 2021.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-1893741


Mentioned and praised even by the Noble prize committee, in 1998, Blindness (published in 1995) is a complex novel dealing with the human nature and behaviour in the context of a crisis generated by a sudden and unknown disease. The relevance of reading this book these days, when the entire humanity (and I daresay our planet as an interdependent system) is facing a terrible viral pandemic, is obvious and helpful. The present paper aims to explore José Saramagos novel from a combined geo-ecocritical perspective, emphasizing the interrelatedness of humanity, space, and surrounding environment. The main research questions of this study are: how do humans interact with the places they live in and the ecosphere during a pandemic? and how does a pandemic affect the human behaviour? The geoecocritical approach is due to the interdependence between space and environment, one can hardly explore one of the previously mentioned components of the fictional world without referring to the other. Another aspect that this essay will touch is the alteration of peoples emotions due to the difficulties they face during pandemics and the importance of emotion management in these extreme situations. For the proposed analysis the following methods will be indispensable: close-reading, ecocriticism, geocriticism, and narratology.

Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion ; 38(1):1-2, 2022.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-1870575


JFSR [Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion] and CoLaboratory will begin curating related information from the organization's history, including retrospective contributions such as roundtables, lists of editors and board members from the very beginning, etc." Peter Sabo and Rhiannon Graybill's article, "The Bible and Margaret Atwood's The Testaments," continues the twin themes of misogyny and reimaginings in examining how Atwood's novel subversively draws upon the Bible to suggest the liberatory power of infinite interpretations in rewriting stories replete with "misogynist representations of gender, violence, and patriarchy," and whether such an approach is successful (132). Haruka Umetsu Cho takes us to Japan in her analysis of writings from the 1970s by female Japanese Christians, who simultaneously relocate-an interpretive act-"the oppression of women in the church within the larger issues of Japanese colonial legacy" (185) and are blinded by reflection on race, bringing us full circle to the deep connections between colonization and racism also drawn in several of the reflections in the roundtable.