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Strange NaturesFuturity, Empathy, and the Queer Ecological Imagination$
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Nicole Seymour

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037627

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037627.001.0001

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Attack of the Queer Atomic Mutants

Attack of the Queer Atomic Mutants

The Ironic Environmentalism of Shelley Jackson’s Half Life

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(p.147) 5 Attack of the Queer Atomic Mutants
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Strange Natures
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Nicole Seymour

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037627.003.0005

This chapter examines the alternate reality of the 2006 novel Half Life, wherein the United States has implemented a program of self-bombing to atone for Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This bombing gives rise to a politicized minority of conjoined twins—modeled satirically on, and overlapping with, queer communities—who then serve as emblems of peaceful, post-nuclear coexistence. In examining Half Life's revision of Atomic Age history, this chapter focuses on the queer ecological implications of its narrative form. This chapter studies the novel's so-called “ironic environmentalism”; in so doing, it builds on previous work in environmentalist rhetoric and establishes irony as a new topic of inquiry for queer ecology.

Keywords:   Half Life, Atomic Age history, queer ecology, ironic environmentalism, irony, queer communities, post-nuclear coexistence

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