Phenomenally Affective: Kass Morgan’s The 100 and the Apocalyptic Politics of Care


  • Hannah Nelson-Teutsch Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg



Climate Change, Apocalypse, Ecocriticism, Storytelling, Affect, Care, Commoning, The 100


This essay confronts a growing consensus that the apocalyptic mode is the wrong way to tell the story of climate change. Contrary to the widely held belief that an apocalyptic framework invites apathy and political disengagement, I contend that the apocalyptic mode can in fact serve as a vital locus of highly differentiated and deeply felt engagements with the embodied experience of dwelling in crisis. An ecocritical reading of what I term ‘phenomenal apocalyptic narratives’—like Kass Morgan’s The 100, which I will explore in detail—reveals an impulse to care that is avowedly political in nature.

Author Biography

Hannah Nelson-Teutsch, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg

Hannah Nelson-Teutsch is a doctoral candidate and lecturer at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg. Hannah’s research interests coalesce at the nexus of the speculative, the aesthetic, and the material in order to explore the ways in which we make meaning of places and spaces. With a particular focus on landscape, her research interests surface considerations of race, gender, and decolonial thought.




How to Cite

Nelson-Teutsch, Hannah. “Phenomenally Affective: Kass Morgan’s The 100 and the Apocalyptic Politics of Care”. Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies, vol. 22, no. 1, June 2021, pp. 28-44, doi:10.5283/copas.346.