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Chernobyl (Craig Mazin, 2019), Toxic History

Chernobyl (Craig Mazin, 2019), Toxic History
Chernobyl (Craig Mazin, 2019), Toxic History
This piece examines the TV miniseries Chernobyl, arguing that it progresses according to a temporality that we might call 'toxic history'. This temporality structures the growing, but retrospective, dread from which its drama builds. It also acts as the opposite of the view of history as one of inevitable progress, a view that has influenced how accidents are understood both in historical thought and in the historical novel. This toxic history is one of continuing and growing relevance to a society heading towards ecological catastrophe.
Chernobyl, HBO, progress, retro, ecology
35-44
Peter Lang
Bayman, Louis
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Bayman, Louis
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Bayman, Louis (2022) Chernobyl (Craig Mazin, 2019), Toxic History. In, Toxic Cultures. (Genre Fiction and Film Companions, 8) Oxford and New York. Peter Lang, pp. 35-44. (In Press)

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This piece examines the TV miniseries Chernobyl, arguing that it progresses according to a temporality that we might call 'toxic history'. This temporality structures the growing, but retrospective, dread from which its drama builds. It also acts as the opposite of the view of history as one of inevitable progress, a view that has influenced how accidents are understood both in historical thought and in the historical novel. This toxic history is one of continuing and growing relevance to a society heading towards ecological catastrophe.

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Accepted/In Press date: 2022
Keywords: Chernobyl, HBO, progress, retro, ecology

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Local EPrints ID: 457177
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/457177
PURE UUID: 5c98e3ef-62d6-4203-aaf7-ccdd9dc8621a
ORCID for Louis Bayman: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4780-2057

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Date deposited: 25 May 2022 17:07
Last modified: 26 May 2022 01:45

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