Organisms and Human Bodies as Contagions in the Post-Apocalyptic State

  • Robert A. Booth


In this chapter, I show how discourses of contagion and pollution not only imbue many post-apocalyptic cinema and television narratives but also mirror public discourse about immigration. Further, I examine the often-racialized1 immigrant in post-apocalyptic film and television that is, in essence, a discourse on insider-outsider social divisions and relationships of power. Finally, I elucidate the argument that post-apocalyptic film and television reinforce the primacy of centralized political authority, namely the State, and post-9/11 post-apocalyptic film in particular reinforces the hegemony of the State.


Disgust Sensitivity Television Series Totalitarian Regime Trayed Humanity American Cinema 
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