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Publication Date

Spring 2020

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Chernobyl: Nuclear Narratives And The Environment


What really happened on April 26, 1986? This course will introduce students to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, its consequences, and its representations across a range of cultures. Texts will be drawn from (non-)fiction, poetry, film, TV, video games, VR, and other media, as we consider the labyrinth of Chernobyl's mythology through a comparative lens and as a global phenomenon. Culture meets ecology, science, history, and politics. Fields trips and guest speakers. The final class project will involve an installation at McCabe Library.

Funding Agency

Swarthmore College Provost Office


Professor José Vergara was awarded a Digital Humanities Curricular Grant from the Provost's Office for use in his spring 2020 course, Chernobyl: Nuclear Narratives and the Environment (RUSS/LITR 43). The course syllabus, assignment instructions, and resulting virtual exhibition are made freely available here courtesy of the author.