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Ellie Fielding-Redpath

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Ellie Fielding-Redpath

Lancaster University

County College

LA1 4YD

Lancaster

Web: https://www.instagram.com/cult_lit/

Thesis Outline

Post-/Apocalyptic fictions fundamentally alter our existing reality. It both ends and creates - unveiling hidden truths and offering a "clean-slate". My research analyses twenty-first century North American fictions within this genre. Exploring the pursuit of the apocalypse, or life thereafter, I propose the trope of the cult as resistor to regimes of power within the post-/apocalyptic genre. Assessing the stereotypes manufactured by anticult rhetoric, I explore the "threat" of the cult as a method by which regimes of power silence those who seek to challenge their authority. 

Research Interests

My MA dissertation, "'Infected with Terrible Purpose': Alien Messianism from 1950s Science Fiction to Contemporary Adaptation' explored the critical observation that premillennial epistemologically-focused texts were adapted to be more ontologically-focused. Using messianic figures, I showed how the American science fiction genre exists as a hybrid space wherein epistemological and ontological debates can coexist.

My research interests include: speculative and future fictions; contemporary literature; American popular culture; science-fiction; adaptations; videogame theory; literature and theology; fiction as resistance. 

Supervised By

Dr Andrew Tate, Reader in Literature, Religion and Aesthetics

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