The Ecocidal Imagination

Dr Hollie Johnson


Call me a cynic, but I’ve always found the dystopian imagination more convincing than its utopian alternative. Dystopian novels are more demanding and more vital, confronting the reader with the consequences we’d prefer to ignore. My research focuses on the genre of dystopian writing, its approach to questions such as human identity and climate change, and the value this literary form holds for the present moment.

I completed my PhD in English Literature in 2018 at the University of Nottingham. My thesis, The Ecocidal Imagination: Dystopian Fiction in an Era of Environmental Crisis addresses the environmental turn of recent dystopian fiction, investigating the ways in which environmental crisis and climate change have been represented through speculative dystopian futures and exploring the dialogic relationships between humanity and non-human nature as presented within contexts of extinction, climate change, and environmental exploitation.

My research interests include utopian/dystopian fiction, post-apocalyptic fiction, ecocritical theory, climate change, postmodernist narratives and posthumanism. And although I prefer not to specialise my research on a single author, I particularly enjoy the works of Maggie Gee, Barbara Kingsolver, and Ursula Le Guin.

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