Nov 5 – Fear, Monsters, and The Return of the Repressed 2

Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and the Imagination of Disaster.

We have looked at theories of fear and the uncanny. This week we consider the ways in which disaster and trauma are treated in the fantastical and sci-fi traditions by looking at the original Gojira (Godzilla) from 1954.


  1. Susan Sontag, “The Imagination of Disaster
  2. Spencer Weart, “The Imagination of Survival“ (chapter 12, The Rise of Nuclear Fear)
  3. Joseph Rotblat, “Leaving the Bomb Project
  4. Lanouette, “Three Attempts to Stop the Bomb