The Art of Not Dying: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel and Oscar De Profundis by Catherine Mavrikakis

  • Patrick Bergeron
Part of the Studies in Global Science Fiction book series (SGSF)


This chapter takes a comparative approach to two postapocalyptic novels by transnational Canadian writers. Both deploy the metaphor of the bridge, featuring devastated worlds, in which most of the bridges allowing people to reach out to each other have collapsed. But, they also focus on a handful of characters using memory and art to build new bridges. In Oscar De Profundis (2016), Mavrikakis’s hero is a world-famous singer who creates museums and mausoleums to the glory of endangered communities threatened by engulfment in “global culture.” Similarly, in Station Eleven (2014), Mandel presents a troupe of itinerant actors who roam the Great Lakes region to perform Shakespeare and music, thus acting to preserve a culture threatened with loss.


Emily St. John Mandel Catherine Mavrikakis Postapocalyptic fiction Oscar De Profundis Station Eleven Globalism 


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  • Patrick Bergeron
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  1. 1.University of New BrunswickFrederictonCanada

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