Year of Award
Thesis - Campus Access Only
Master of Science (MS)
Department or School/College
Dan Spencer, Amy Ratto Parks
climate change, climate anxiety, eco-anxiety, apocalypse narratives, zombie, personal essay
University of Montana
Environmental Studies | Nonfiction
Pellegrino, Elizabeth, M.S., 2020 Environmental Studies
Abstract: A Restless Imminent Dread
Committee Chair: Phil Condon
This Environmental Studies thesis is a series of six hybrid (creative nonfiction and poetry) essays that center around anxiety and climate change. The essays weave together personal narrative with pop culture, folklore, myths, climate science, and geology.
Pellegrino crafts essays by pulling together seemingly disparate ideas into one narrative. In one essay, the discussion of courage in the face of climate change is done through talking about a Christmas-themed zombie movie and a Broadway musical that re-imagines a Greek myth. In another essay, the story of a grandmother jumping out of a plane while on a date becomes a meditation on geologic time. Other essays tackle the extinction of trilobites, the Doomsday clock, melting glacial ice, themes of cultural anxiety in pop culture, Icelandic folklore, and experiences in group therapy.
Despite all the talk about storied apocalypses, the real-life ecological crisis posed by climate change, and the mental harm caused by anxiety, this collection doesn’t impose a narrative of doom and gloom. Instead, it’s a collection about recognizing the resiliency and courage in every action taken in the hope of bettering the future.
Pellegrino, Elizabeth M., "A Restless Imminent Dread" (2020). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 11613.
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