Finola Prendergast


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

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


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.