Option 3: Politics at the End of the World (The Last Man + Snowpiercer)
In the 1826 novel The Last Man and the 2007 film Snowpiercer, biological and climate disasters create states of exception in society. Old systems and social orders no longer function; they collapse and give way to new social and political institutions. What are some respective political reactions in face of world-ending catastrophes in these two works? What are some similarities and differences between the political states in these texts? What are the ways in which these new systems or states of exception manage human life (or simply, what does biological life mean in these postapocalyptic scenarios)? And what is the significance of these differences and similarities? Please focus on one specific passage or scene from each text and use concrete textual and cinematic details as evidence.
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