Imagining Apocalypse: Studies in Cultural Crisis

Imagining Apocalypse: Studies in Cultural Crisis

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This volume brings together essays on the cultural expression of apocalypse primarily in anglophone science fiction of the nineteenth and 20th centuries. Focusing on themes, writers, and individual works, the contributors examine the relations between secular and spiritual apocalypse, connecting the fiction and films to their historical moment. Not surprisingly,

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This volume brings together essays on the cultural expression of apocalypse primarily in anglophone science fiction of the nineteenth and 20th centuries. Focusing on themes, writers, and individual works, the contributors examine the relations between secular and spiritual apocalypse, connecting the fiction and films to their historical moment. Not surprisingly, war recurs throughout this material, as a critical turbaning-point, fulfillment of prophecy, or prelude to a new age. Among the writers covered are H.G. Wells, Olaf Stapledon, and such contemporary figures as Michael Moorcock, J.G. Ballard, and Storm Constantine.

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Focusing on anglophone science fiction of the 19th and 20th centuries, contributors examine various expressions of apocalypse<-->from atomic incineration in the 1984 British film to the apocalypse of slavery in works by African Americans. Topics include as survivalist literature, the contradiction between the Jewish and Christian views of apocalypse and the science fiction viewpoint, and how apocalyptic science fiction helps women and Germans respectively to cope with the specters of sexism and Nazism. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312222796
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date:
01/14/2000
Edition description:
2000
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

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David Seed is Reader in English at Liverpool University.

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