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I completed my  PhD dissertation, 'New American Civil Wars: The Contemporary US Post-Apocalyptic Novel', at the University of Manchester (UK) in 2020. The thesis assesses the popularity of the US post-apocalyptic novel within the long history of American apocalypticism, exploring how contemporary novels respond to the rapidly changing dynamics of twenty-first-century politics and international relations.

This is the introduction to the final version of the dissertation (meaning that I’m just going to own any glaring typos left in there). For anyone who might be interested, I’m happy to share a copy of the dissertation. Contact me on this site or DM me on Twitter


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I'm Christina Brennan, a writer and reviewer whose work has appeared in various places, including Little White Lies, Horror Homeroom, Horrified and Ghoulish Media. My first book will be on George Sluizer's film Spoorloos (translated from Dutch as The Vanishing) – a film that Stanley Kubrick called the most terrifying film he'd ever seen. The book will be coming out with Devil's Advocate series, the imprint of Liverpool University Press devoted to exploring cult and classic horror cinema. I've been a reviewer for the Salem Horror Film Festival, and I write reviews for academic journals, including Revenant and the Irish Gothic and Horror Journal. In the recent past, I did a PhD on North American post-apocalyptic and doomsday fiction.

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