“I Can’t Believe This Is Happening!”: Bear Horror, the Species Divide, and the Canadian Fight for Survival in a Time of Climate Change

  • Michael Fuchs
Part of the Studies in Global Science Fiction book series (SGSF)


This chapter draws on Margaret Atwood’s vision of Canada as a Gothic space, examining how contemporary texts continue to invoke imagery of human and animal as antagonists competing for the same space. Fuchs analyzes a corpus of three “bear horror” fictions, the horror film Backcountry (2014) and two novels, The Bear (2014) by Claire Cameron and Susan J. Crockford’s near-future polar bear-themed Eaten (2015). It argues that animal predation on humans provides a powerful symbolic vehicle for bridging the human–animal divide, as it overrides the theory of human exceptionalism, offering a critical view of the entanglement of humans and nonhumans in the Anthropocene.


Claire Cameron Susan J. Crockford The Bear Eaten Backcountry Anthropocene Bear attacks (fictional) 


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  • Michael Fuchs
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  1. 1.University of GrazGrazAustria

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