Joseph Ren

My dissertation, The Aesthetics of Exhaustion: Contemporary Culture Between Ecological and Economic Crises, seeks to establish theoretical and historical connections between contemporary climate collapse and protracted economic decline in the world system. I locate formal and structural mediations of these connections in post-1973 North American cultural production, and I ask how literature, films, and video games of the period figure its terminal crises and imagine futures beyond these crises even as the horizon of social reproduction grows ever dimmer.

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Historical materialism, environmental humanities, media and literary studies, political economy

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