The Positive Impact of Pandemics in Two Selected Speculative Narratives


  • Rasha Mohammad Khashashneh University of Jordan
  • Mahmoud F. Alshetawi University of Jordan



global pandemic, speculative narratives, fragile connections, flaws, values of humanity


This article examines Stephen Soderbergh’s film Contagion (2011) and Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven (2014) as a critique of the uncivilized culture of our modern society, which depends on fragile connections and lack of solidarity. Although global pandemics annihilate the world and shatter families, this study demonstrates how they are depicted as a positive tool of change, serving as a force that exposes then undermines the deep-rooted cultural flaws in society and finally offers lessons that help in rebuilding a new civilized world based on human values. Such representation of pandemics in these selected narratives is allegorical, functioning as a mirror that reflects our COVID-19 reality, teaching moral lessons, and contributing to our understanding of the crisis and how we think and act in response.

Author Biographies

Rasha Mohammad Khashashneh, University of Jordan

Faculty of English Language and Literature

Mahmoud F. Alshetawi, University of Jordan

Faculty of English Language and Literature


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