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Imagining Apocalyptic Politics in the Anthropocene

A Book by Earl T Harper and Doug Specht, published by Routledge

Bringing together scholars from English literature, geography, politics, the arts, environmental humanities and sociology, Imagining Apocalyptic Politics in the Anthropocene contributes to the emerging debate between bodies of thought first incepted by scholars such as Mouffe, Whyte, Kaplan, Hunt, Swyngedouw and Malm about how apocalyptic events, narratives and imaginaries interact with societal and individual agency historically and in the current political moment. Exploring their own empirical and philosophical contexts, the authors examine the forms of political acting found in apocalyptic imaginaries and reflect on what this means for contemporary society. By framing their arguments around either pre-apocalyptic, peri-apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic narratives and events, a timeline emerges throughout the volume which shows the different opportunities for political agency the anthropocenic subject can enact at the various stages of apocalyptic moments.

Featuring a number of creative interventions exclusively produced for the work from artists and fiction writers who engage with the themes of apocalypse, decline, catastrophe and disaster, this innovative book will be of great interest to students and scholars of the politics of climate change, the environmental humanities, literary criticism and eco-criticism.


Table of Contents

Introduction: … these unprecedented times
Earl T. Harper and Doug Specht

1. They say “our house is on fire” – on the climate emergency and (new) Earth politics
Edward H. Huijbens and Martin Gren

2. Do not go gentle into that good night: contested narratives and political subjectivities in the Anthropocene
Carlos Tornel and Aapo Lunden

3. The end of worlding: indigenous cosmologies in the Anthropocene
Mariana Reyes-Carranza

4. Apocalypse repeated: the absence of theindigenous subject in George Turner’s The Sea and Summer (1987)
Charlotte Lancaster

5. Apocalyptic Literary Geographies: The Tempest’s ‘brave new world,’ Frankenstein’s ‘modern Prometheus,’ and Cloud-Atlas’ ‘ furthest-eeein’ eye’
Charles Travis

6. A world without bodies: geotrauma and the work of mourning in Jorie Graham’s Fast
Philip Jones

7. Meaningful life at the end of times: ageism and the duty-to-die in Logan’s Run
James A. Tyner

8. The catastrophic drive
Lucas Pohl and Samo Tomšič

9. The self(ie) in the Anthropocene
Doug Specht and Cat Snyder

10. Urbicide in the Anthropocene: imagining Miami futures
Stephanie Wakefield

11. Triggering the apparitions: spectres of chemical seascapes
María Soledad Castro Vargas and Diana Barquero Pérez

12. Study for “Memories of the apocalypse”
Carl Christian Olsson

13. Variegated environmental apocalypses: post-politics, the contestatory, and an eco-precariat manifesto for a radical apocalyptics
Tristan Sturm and Nicholas Ferris Lustig


Photo by Quinn Mira on Unsplash

Doug Specht


Dr Doug Specht is a cultural geographer and educationalist. His research explores themes related to environmental justice, human rights, and access to education, with a focus on the production and codification of knowledge though cartographic artefacts and in educational settings. In recognition of his work, he has been appointed as a Chartered Geographer and Chartered Teacher. In addition, he has been awarded Advanced Teacher Status, alongside being a Senior Fellow of AdvanceHE. Dr. Specht has authored numerous articles and books, including Mapping Crisis, the Routledge Handbook of Geospatial Technology and Society, the Media and Communications Student Study Guide and Imagining Apocalyptic Politics in the Anthropocene. He writes regularly on ethics, environmental and human rights, education, and mapping practices in such publications as WonkHE, The Conversation, Geographical, and for Times Higher Education. Dr Specht is a member of the editorial board of the European Journal of Geography, Westminster papers in Communication and Culture, and Anthropocenes – Human, Inhuman, Posthuman. He is Chair of the Environmental Network for Central America.


28 September 2021
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