The "Chernobyl Syndrome" in the U.S. nuclear fiction: Toward risk communication parameters of "nuclear phobia"

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Researching the literary dimensions of the “Chernobyl” narrative in writing practices about the Chernobyl nuclear power plant explosion gives an opportunity to distinguish the local and global features of the “Chernobyl Syndrome” in post-Cold-War societies. The “Chernobyl Syndrome” (nuclear phobia, “nuclear energy” ignorance, the rejection of nuclear studies, health problem aftermath, forceful resettlement, etc.) is studied here through the risk communication parameters (Fahlquist and Roeser 2015) in US nuclear fiction. The analysis focuses on the “Chernobyl Syndrome” in US nuclear fiction (Pohl’s Chernobyl (1988), White’s Radiant Girl (2008), and Stelmach’s The Boy from Reactor 4 (2013)), depicting the Chernobyl nuclear power plant explosion and its aftermath. Relying upon such concepts as “hyber object frame” (Morton 2013), “intergenerational memory” studies (Lindsey 2014), and “literary energy narrative” studies (Goodbody 2018), the chapter aims to contribute to our understanding of “nuclear communication” aspects of the “Chernobyl Syndrome.”
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Ecocriticism and Environmental Communication
EditorsScott Slovic, Swarnalatha Rangarajan, Vidya Sarveswaran
Number of pages12
Place of PublicationAbingdon ; New York, NY
Publication date2 Feb 2019
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-05313-7
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-315-16734-3
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2019
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Fields of Science

  • 6122 Literature studies

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