Jacob Jewusiak deposited Aging Earth: Senescent Environmentalism for Dystopian Futures (Introduction) in the group TC Age Studies on MLA Commons 6 months, 1 week ago
Alarmist demography often situates older people as natural
disasters: images of the “gray flood” and “silver tsunami” imbue
senescence with the destructive force of climatic proportions. This
Element focuses on the demographic dread arising from the relative
shift in younger and older populations: not of a world lacking children,
but of one catastrophized by the overabundance of the old and aging.
Drawing on examples of science fictional sterility dystopias, Aging Earth
challenges the privilege of youth in ecocritical thought and practice,
especially the heteronormative urgency to address climate change for
the sake of children and future generations. By decoupling the
figurative connection between futurity and children, senescent
environmentalism attunes itself to the contingency of non-linear and
non-teleological futures: drawing together the delicacy of ecosystems
on the brink with the structural precarity of older people, queers,
and people of color.