“The Politicized ‘Exclusion Zone’ within Nuclear Literary Studies: A Transcontinental Vision.”

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The project is focused on studying the transformations of ”the Exclusion Zone”
within “nuclear literature” studies in the aspect of distinguishing local/global
dimensions of “nuclear narration” while stressing its implementation in
“provincializing” ecocritical studies. This vision involves finding out the ways of
ecocritical vision on the concept “the Exclusion Zone” against the literary
background of studying ”nuclear energy” and ”nuclear catastrophe”. Studying the
transformations of “the Exclusion Zone” in the “nuclear narration” in North
American writing practices (with further comparison with the East-European ones) gives an opportunity to distinguish the local/global features of the ecocritical studies in the context of researching ecological memory and ecological identity in the posttraumatic societies. This approach involves the process of finding out the specificity of literary presentation of “the Exclusion Zone” in North American writing practices within the last 30 years (actually covered by the post-Chornobyl experience). Such ecocritical approach shows the techniques of developing “the Exclusion Zone” transformations under the global/national/regional needs in the traumatic societies.
Reconsidering various forms of the concept “the Exclusion Zone” in an ecocritical
perspective reveals the importance of underlying national and transnational views on a nuclear disaster and its aftermath which gives a unique way to study how “nuclear/apocalyptic/Chernobyl” experience contributes to transformation of “the Exclusion Zone” concept. This analysis of literary response to nuclear disasters within North-American cultural and social context can distinguish the local/global levels of the transformations. My experience of studying “Chernobyl narration” in Ukrainian vision reveals that the Exclusion Zone is considered to be a real object, a symbol of “Human-Nature” battle, a Nature’s domination, a protector from “peaceful atom” as science, a tomb of the Soviet regime, a lost paradise, self-destroying science, a part of “private historical memory”, an unhealthy fascination, and even as a litmus test that shows the attitude of the authorities towards their own society both in the 1980s and even in the time before Maydan 2013/2014. Shaped by the unique human-environment relationships in the digital society, ecological identity determines the transformations of “the Exclusion Zone” perception. The research intends to study the transmedial character of “the Exclusion Zone” reality within the convergent media culture (creating on/off-line activities—computer games S.T.A.L.K.E.R., ZONE; Chernobyl VR Project; Zone-tourism). This aspect of the research conditions the ecocritical vision of “nuclear narration” in North American context settings which causes the relations within communities and the global society.
TilaJulkaistu - 15 joulukuuta 2017
TapahtumaInternational Conference "The Politics of Space and the Humanities" - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Kreikka
Kesto: 15 joulukuuta 201717 joulukuuta 2017


KonferenssiInternational Conference "The Politics of Space and the Humanities"


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Sukhenko, I. (2017). “The Politicized ‘Exclusion Zone’ within Nuclear Literary Studies: A Transcontinental Vision.”. 97-98. Abstraktin lähde: International Conference "The Politics of Space and the Humanities", Thessaloniki, Kreikka.