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Earth Abides and COVID-19 Pandemic: A Critical Analysis

   Tawhida Akhter
Department of English
College of Sciences and Arts
Sajjir, Shaqra University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Received: 3/16/2022                  Accepted:5/4/2022                       Published:7/1/2022


There is literature and philosophy on viruses, plagues, epidemics, and pandemics. Earth Abides (1949) is a masterpiece of the science fiction-post-apocalyptic subgenre by an American writer George R. Stewart. Earth Abides approaches the wake of civilization’s extinction in a very rational, functional, logical manner. This paper examines the novel as apocalyptic during the COVID-19 epidemic by looking Stewart’s network of scientific inspirations. Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that may cause anything from a common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and Extreme Acute Respiratory Syndrome. In 2019, a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) found in Wuhan, China. The COVID-19 pandemic rocked the global economy, causing severe economic destruction across the globe. COVID-19 has inflamed divisiveness and politics worldwide, with heated disputes erupting about who should blame and who should assisted first. One of the concerns is the establishment of no-entry enclaves, which would further restrict international trade. The story of Earth Abides, set among the few survivors of a planet-wide pandemic, provides a view into the status of an interdisciplinary human ecosystem at a critical juncture. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this paper examined the American novel Earth Abides and provided a plausible vision of the future. Ish (protagonist) conquered by science, attempting to exist in a world in which he may be the last human, and relates the story of how scientific goals contributed to the abolition of human civilization. The researcher highlights how the fiction portrays reality and how individuals are at fault for the deterioration of their environment.
Keywords: Apocalyptic novel, scientific novel, COVID-19 pandemic, wilderness, environmental crisis, reel versus real

Cite as:  Akhter, T. (2021). Earth Abides and COVID-19 Pandemic: A Critical Analysis. Arab World English Journal (AWEJ)
Proceedings of  KUST, Iraq Conference  2022


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Received: 3/16/2022   
Accepted: 5/4/2022
Published: 7/1/2022 

Tawhida Akhter is working as Assistant Professor (English) at College of Sciences and Arts Sajir, Shaqra University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. She is actively involved in various fields of research especially on Women Empowerment, Child Emancipation, Cultural Diaspora, Eco-feminism, and Eco-criticism. Tawhida published books on Feminism under the Title ‘Women in Chains and Tears: Subjugation within Family’ bearing ISBN Number 978-93-89080-13-1 and a book titled ‘Culture and Literature’ ISBN-978-1-5275-8060-2. She has also published about 25 research papers, review articles and book chapters in reputed national and international journals and books. The author has attended more than 25 national and international conferences and workshops. She has teaching experience of 09 years.   ORCID ID: 0000-0003-4149-4855