The Contemporary Post-Apocalyptic Novel: Critical Temporalities and the End Times

The Contemporary Post-Apocalyptic Novel: Critical Temporalities and the End Times


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Traditional apocalyptic texts concern the advent of a better world at the end of history that will make sense of everything that happened before. But what is at stake in the contemporary shift to apocalyptic narratives in which the utopian end of time is removed?

The Contemporary Post-Apocalyptic Novel offers an innovative critical model for our cultural obsession with 'the end' by focussing on the significance of time in the 21st-century post-apocalyptic novel and challenging traditional apocalyptic logic. Once confined to the genre of science fiction, the increasing popularity of end-of-the-world narratives has caused apocalyptic writing to feature in the work of some of contemporary literature's most well-known fiction writers. Considering novels by Will Self, Cormac McCarthy, David Mitchell, Emily St. John Mandel, Jeanette Winterson and others, Diletta De Cristofaro frames the contemporary apocalyptic imagination as a critique of modernity's apocalyptic conception of time and history. Interdisciplinary in scope, the book historicises apocalyptic beliefs by exploring how relentlessly they have shaped the modern world.

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ISBN-13: 9781350235939
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 06/17/2021
Series: New Horizons in Contemporary Writing
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

Diletta De Cristofaro is a Research Fellow at Northumbria University, UK. She researches contemporary British and North American fiction with a special interest in the intersection of narrative and temporality. She is co-founder and vice-chair of the Contemporary Studies Network. In 2017, she was the recipient of a Harry Ransom Center Fellowship.

Table of Contents

Apocalypse Now: Critical Temporalities
CHAPTER ONE: Biblical Parodies
CHAPTER TWO: Apocalypse America
CHAPTER THREE: The New Worlds of the Anthropocene
CHAPTER FOUR: After the Neoliberal Future
The Post-Apocalyptic Archive

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