Elysia Balavage

Elysia Balavage is a lecturer in the English department at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She is currently working on a project about the interplay between literary modernism and philosophical nihilism.


“Nothingness in All Directions”: Modernism, Science Fiction, and Bountiful Space

The ghost of philosophical nihilism lingered over the modernist landscape like a dank fog that refused to lift.[1] Literary figures of the time observed this nihilistic atmosphere, with Elliot Paul declaring in his essay “The New Nihilism” (1927) that after the Great War, “old values had become meaningless” and in his introduction to “