Meaning Making in the Anthropocene: Learning to Be Human

Dowiatt, Matthew, English - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia
Pasanek, Brad, English, University of Virginia

The Anthropocene reveals that the human species has become the largest geophysical force acting on the planet. This revelation challenges the individual's ability to coherently maintain a worldview, as the notion of being part of a collective as large as the human species destabilizes traditional ontologies. As the current environmental crisis is bound up in imagining the Anthropocene, it becomes imperative that we understand this new collective dimension of existence. Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake and Year of the Flood are speculative accounts exploring two modes of engagement with the Anthropocene.

MA (Master of Arts)
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