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Title Apocalyptic Discourse in Contemporary Culture : Post-Millennial Perspectives on the End of the World / edited by Monica Germanà and Aris Mousoutzanis
Published New York ; Abingdon : Routledge, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (261 pages)
Series Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature
Routledge interdisciplinary perspectives on literature.
Contents Introduction: After the End? -- PART I Theory; 1 Apocalyptic Security: Biopower and the Changing Skin of Historic Germination; 2 To Have Done with the End-Times: Turning the Apocalypse into a Nonevent; 3 Are Ruses Necessary to Evade Catastrophe? On Slavoj Žižek's Endorsement of Jean-Pierre Dupuy's "Faire comme si le pire était inévitable"; 4 The Apocalyptic Sublime: Then and Now -- PART II Space, Place, and Environment; 5 The Postapocalyptic Sublime: A Gothic Response to Contemporary Environmental Crisis in John Burnside's Glister (2008); 6 Under the Westway and Up in the Air: New Brutalist Aftermath Aesthetics in J.G. Ballard's Concrete Island (1974) and High-Rise (1975); 7 Escape / Landscape / Genderscape: No Futures for Women; 8 "Soul Delay": Trauma and Globalization in William Gibson's Pattern Recognition (2003) -- PART III Time and History; 9 The Not So Cozy Catastrophe: Reimagining the British Disaster Novel in J.G. Ballard's The Drowned World (1962) and Brian Aldiss's Barefoot in the Head (1969); 10 Apocalyptic Themes in Jonathan Littell's The Kindly Ones (2009); 11 "Billows of Ash": Cormac McCarthy's Road Back to Auschwitz; 12 The Ambassadors of Nil: Notes on the Zombie Apocalypse -- PART IV Language and the End of the World; 13 Language Decay and Creation in Postapocalyptic Fiction; 14 "What Are All Those Things He Once Thought He Knew, and Where Have They Gone?": The End of the Wor(l)d in Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake (2003); 15 Zpocalypse
Summary This interdisciplinary collection of essays focuses on critical and theoretical responses to the apocalypse of the late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century cultural production. Examining the ways in which apocalyptic discourses have had an impact on how we read the world's globalised space, the traumatic burden of history, and the mutual relationship between language and eschatological belief, fifteen original essays by a group of internationally established and emerging critics reflect on the apocalypse, its past tradition, pervasive present and future legacy. The collection seeks to offer a new reading of the apocalypse, understood as a complex - and, frequently, paradoxical - paradigm of (contemporary) Western culture. The majority of published collections on the subject have been published prior to the year 2000 and, in their majority of cases, locate the apocalypse in the future and envision it as something imminent. This collection offers a post-millennial perspective that perceives'the end'as immanent and, simultaneously, rooted in the past tradition.--Provided by the publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Apocalypse and popular culture.
Apocalyptic literature -- History and criticism.
End of the world in literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Germanà, Monica, editor.
Mousoutzanis, Aristeidis, editor.
ISBN 1134667477