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On Secular Spirituality in the Duffer Brothers’ Stranger Things, Series 1

Liesl E. King

York St John University, England. Email: l.king@yorksj.ac.uk

Volume IX, Number 3, 2017 I Full Text PDF

DOI: 10.21659/rupkatha.v9n3.03

Received August 07, 2017; Revised September 12, 2017; Accepted September 17, 2017; Published September 20,  2017.

 Abstract

This paper explores the way in which the Duffer Brothers’ popular Netflix series Stranger Things draws on religious symbolism in order to create an allegorical landscape, one which invites viewers to consider the most pressing topics of our time—climate change and ideological opposition. It argues that apocalyptic sf, with its focus on urgent contemporary questions related to technological advancement, is the perfect genre for exploring secular spirituality and ethics, as it potentially impacts as well as appeals to religious and non-religious viewers alike. The paper concludes by considering the way Stranger Things encourages viewers to consider what a ‘spiritual’ response to disaster might look like, and what we might do individually and collectively to become more aware of the damaged “hyperobjects” (Morton, 2013) that surround and move through us, but which can be extremely difficult to keep in clear view.

Keywords: Netflix series, Stranger Things, hyperobjects, climate change, ideological opposition.

Drama and the Politics of Climate Change in Nigeria: A Critical Appraisal of Greg Mbajiorgu’s Wake Up Everyone

Norbert Oyibo Eze, University Of Nigeria, Nsukka

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 Abstract

Johnny Igbonekwu observes that ‘an obvious primal instinctive human quest” is to “conquer the world” but he equally notes that man has not been able to achieve this goal, in spite of his “formidable intellectual assaults on the multifarious stupendous mysteries of the world” (Talk About Man 1). The quest for all manner of domination-economic, political, territorial, and spatial, etc, has driven man into invention and mindless application of technology which in choking nature, cause it to frequently retaliate through global warming, tsunami, landslide, erosion, and flooding of different dimensions. The constant decimation of human lives, businesses, buildings, and municipal services as well as the emergence of perturbing diseases owing to these palpable effects of natural disaster, force the issue of climate change to occupy a significant place in the world of environmental studies and research. This paper seeks to explain the place of drama in tackling the problem of climate change through a detailed analysis and interpretation of Greg Mbajiorgu’s Wake Up Everyone considered to be a giant impact assessment study and provocative wake-up call.

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