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Rut Elliot Blomqvist

Doctoral Student

Department of Languages &
Literatures
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Visiting address
Renströmsgatan 6
41256 Göteborg
Room number
C556
Postal address
Box 200
40530 Göteborg

About Rut Elliot Blomqvist

Project

My research explores visions of an environmentally sustainable future in English-language fiction and nonfiction from the 2010s. I am investigating the relation between aesthetics and ethics, poetics and argument, fiction and political theory, and mythos and logos in such political visions. Two central questions are whether there is any causal relation between the mode in which a vision is expressed and its political content and world-view or cosmology, and whether it is meaningful to understand nonfiction as well as fiction as “stories” of global environmental change and political action.

The dissertation takes the form of a case study of six texts, in different modes and genres, whose authors (Jeffrey Sachs, Naomi Klein, Anna Tsing, Jonathon Porritt, Kim Stanley Robinson, Sofia Jannok) come to the discussion of global environmental change from different cultural and political positions—from neoclassical economic theory in the work of UN sustainable development advisor Jeffrey Sachs to Indigenous land and livelihood protection in the pop music of Sámi songwriter and reindeer owner Sofia Jannok. All six writers have influential voices in academic, political, or artistic environmentalism (or in a combination of the three).

Working in the transdisciplinary fields of utopian studies, environmental humanities, and political ecology, I consider not only the structure and meaning of environmentalist political visions but also the role of literary and cultural theory in these transdisciplinary fields—in particular in political ecology—and in building an understanding of environmental issues and political change.