Pandemics and Ecological Democracy in Greg Bear’s Darwin’s Children


  • Kee Wha Joo Institute of Body & Culture at Konkuk University


Anthropocene, Pandemic, Ecological Democracy, Homo Monstercus, Greg Bear, New Materialism


Due to rising interest in Anthropocene and the COVID-19 pandemic, this essay aims to explore the fictional viral pandemics and the posthuman society in Greg Bear’s Darwin’s Children through the lens of new materialism and puts forth Homo monstercus as a new image of humanity fit for new lifeform in the era of the pandemic. As a descendent of Homo sapiens, Homo monstercus is the new protagonist of the future Earth, monster-like humanity, constantly transforming and evolving to survive the Anthropocene in harmony and peace with nonhumans. By applying theories such as Gilbert Simondon’s individuation theory and Bruno Latour’s actor-network theory and using concepts such as Karen Barad’s intra-action, Stacy Alaimo’s trans-corporeality, Donna Haraway’s companion species, this paper analyzes the anthropocentric relationship with nonhumans, divulges ecological and democratic ethic which enables their harmonious coexistence and symbiosis.

Author Biography

Kee Wha Joo, Institute of Body & Culture at Konkuk University

Dr Kee Wha Joo is a research professor for the Institute of Body & Culture at Konkuk University. Her areas of interest are British and American Literary Criticism and Posthumanism.


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How to Cite

Joo, K. W. (2021). TOWARDS HARMONY AND PEACE WITH NONHUMANS: Pandemics and Ecological Democracy in Greg Bear’s Darwin’s Children. Journal of Dharma, 46(4), 445–462. Retrieved from