Corona Fictions as Cultural Indicators of Social Cohesion and Resilience in the Wake of the Covid-19 Pandemic

Julia Obermayr*, Yvonne Völkl

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Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, many Europeans have turned to preexisting written and audiovisual pandemic fictions for better sense-making and as a coping strategy. Two years into the crisis, on a cultural level, numerous European countries have since actively produced their own Corona Fictions offering narratives that deal with the current pandemic. On a societal level, these narratives early on hinted at potential ruptures in social cohesion.
Cultural productions commonly function as an enabler of social cohesion, fostering mutual understanding and a feeling of togetherness, particularly when considering the participatory nature of narratives on the internet or in literary
anthologies. Originating in a research project of a much larger scope, this article explores the following questions in two francophone cultural productions of the Covid-19 pandemic. In which areas is social cohesion shaken or fractured?
How is social cohesion experienced, processed, and expressed? Does the reception of Corona Fictions function as coping strategy? How do gender issues/inequalities aggravated by the pandemic translate into the representation of female characters in Corona Fictions?
Translated title of the contributionCorona Fictions als kulturelle Indikatoren sozialer Kohäsion und Resilienz im Zuge der Corona-Pandemie
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-142
JournalMomentum Quarterly
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2022


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