Finola Prendergast

Email: fprender@nd.edu

Areas of Interest
20th- and 21st-century U.S. literature, science fiction/fantasy, horror, theory of the novel, moral discourse in literature, religion in literature, and ecocriticism

Education
Yale University, BA in English (concentration in Creative Writing)

Profile

Finola Prendergast (B.A. Yale University 2012) is a fifth-year PhD student in English at the University of Notre Dame.  She is currently writing a dissertation about the influence of the science-fiction fantasy tradition on moral discourse in contemporary U.S. literature.  She argues that influential contemporary authors have begun to include science-fiction/fantasy discourse in their novels, because the science-fiction and fantasy genres are better-equipped, formally, than the modernist and postmodernist traditions to imagine universal moral systems in an age of existential precariousness.

Scholarly Conferences

Forthcoming April 2017, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference: “Sorry I Ended the World: The Ethics of Human Annihilation in Contemporary Narrative.” Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, San Diego, CA.

March 2016, English Department Graduate Research Symposium: “The Ethics of Apocalypse in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.” University of Notre Dame.

September 2015, Heidelberg-ND Conference: “Moral Discourse and the Genre Turn.” University of Notre Dame.