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What Are We Waiting For?: Postmodern Powerlessness in Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

I believe that postmodern literature was born in the shadows of WWII. Proceeding from these shadows is a parade of western literature imagining that the human species is experiencing its death throes. Certain post-WWII, postmodern writers communicate an overwhelming sense of powerlessness in response to the technological and scientific innovations that contribute to these fatal conclusions.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Sina Queyras’ Expressway and the Ubiquitous Invisibility of Oil in North America

Oil sustains a level of urban modernity and culture throughout North America that collapses as quickly as it is constructed when oil production and value suddenly vanish. Are the people whose lives are affected by oil in unobvious ways aware of these consequences? And would they consent to the use of oil as a primary economic, social, cultural, and environmental influence if they were fully aware of the vice grip oil has over all of these factors? In order to address these questions and determine how oil is an invisible influence in many parts of contemporary North American urbanity, it is necessary to discuss how the uncertainty and negative potential consequences of oil prosperity is erased from the public consciousness.