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‘Maternal cli-fi’ is changing the narrative of mothers in stories

24 June 2024

Historically, mother figures have been “an absent presence” in dystopian cinema.

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Using the film ‘The End We Start From’ as a case study, UC Senior Tutor in English discusses the absence of mothers in literature and the use of motherhood as a narrative strategy in climate fiction (‘cli-fi’) on The Conversation.

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Rachel Williamson does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.


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