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American Cities in Post- Apocalyptic Science Fiction

Yeates, R; (2021) American Cities in Post- Apocalyptic Science Fiction. [Book]. Modern Americas. UCL Press: London, UK. Green open access

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Visions of the American city in post-apocalyptic ruin permeate literary and popular fiction, across print, visual, audio and digital media. American Cities in Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction explores the prevalence of these representations in American culture, drawing from a wide range of primary and critical works from the early-twentieth century to today. Beginning with science fiction in literary magazines, before taking in radio dramas, film, video games and expansive transmedia franchises, Robert Yeates argues that post-apocalyptic representations of the American city are uniquely suited for explorations of contemporary urban issues. Examining how the post-apocalyptic American city has been repeatedly adapted and repurposed to new and developing media over the last century, this book reveals that the content and form of such texts work together to create vivid and immersive fictional spaces in ways that would otherwise not be possible. Chapters present media-specific analyses of these texts, situating them within their historical contexts and the broader history of representations of urban ruins in American fiction. Original in its scope and cross-media approach, American Cities in Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction both illuminates little-studied texts and provides provocative new readings of familiar works such as Blade Runner and The Walking Dead, placing them within the larger historical context of imaginings of the American city in ruins.

Type: Book
Title: American Cities in Post- Apocalyptic Science Fiction
ISBN-13: 9781800080980
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/111.9781800080980
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781800080980
Language: English
Additional information: Text © Author, 2021 Images © Author and copyright holders named in captions, 2021 This book is published under a Creative Commons Attribution- Non- Commercial 4.0 International licence (CC BY- NC 4.0), https:// creativecommons.org/ licenses/ by- nc/4.0/ . This licence allows you to share and adapt the work for non-commercial use providing attribution is made to the author and publisher (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work) and any changes are indicated. Attribution should include the following information: Yeates, R. 2021. American Cities in Post- Apocalyptic Science Fiction. London: UCL Press. https:// doi.org/ 10.14324/ 111.9781800080980 Further details about Creative Commons licences are available at http:// creativecommons.org/ licenses/
Keywords: American literature, science fiction, popular culture, media studies, cultural studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10138096
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