This book focuses on legends and images of the apocalypse and post-apocalypse in film and graphic arts, literature and lore from early to modern times and from cultures around the world. It reflects an increasingly popular leitmotif in literature and visual arts of the modern century: humanity’s fear of extinction and quest for survival.
This book deals with legends and images of the apocalypse and post-apocalypse in film and graphic arts, literature and lore from early to modern times and from peoples and cultures around the world. It reflects an increasingly popular leitmotif in literature and visual arts of the 21st century: humanity’s fear of extinction and its quest for survival -- in revenant, supernatural, or living human form. It is the logical continuation of a series of collected essays examining the origins and evolution of myths and legends of the supernatural in Western and non-Western tradition and popular culture. The first two volumes of the series, The Universal Vampire: Origins and Evolution of a Legend (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2013) and Images of the Modern Vampire: The Hip and the Atavistic. (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2013) focused on the vampire legend. The third, The Supernatural Revamped: From Timeworn Legends to Twenty-First-Century Chic (2016), focused on a range of supernatural beings in literature, film, and other forms of popular culture.
Barbara Brodman and James E Doan
Allegory and Numerology in Apocalyptic Endgames
James E. Doan
“Ic Þa Beheold Þone Ormætan Lig”: Anglo-Saxon Constructions of the Apocalypse Legend as Religious and Communal Threats of Damnation
Alex M. Milmine
The Symbiosis of Norse and Medieval Christian Eschatology in DC Vertigo’s Lucifer Series (2000-2006)
Ezekiel’s Return to the Apocalypse
Beginning at the End. Romantic Visions of the Last Man in Post-Apocalyptic Robinsonades
Brick Houses with Glass Foundations: The Failure Points of Post-Apocalyptic Nationalism
The Textuality of Materiality: Will Self’s The Book of Dave
Styling the Post-Apocalyptic Self: Blankets and Rags, Skin and Bones, and the Fabric of Power
Post-Apocalyptic Fiction in Canada after 9/11: A Future Based on Care
“All at once the birds were everywhere”: Hitchcock and the Avian Apocalypse
Do Cybraceros Dream of A Good Night’s Sleep?
Raúl Rodríguez-Hernández and Claudia Schaefer
Post-Apocalyptic Dread and The Planet of the Apes
The Place of Faith, Doubt and Sacrament in the Post-Apocalyptic Worlds of The Leftovers and The Walking Dead
When Worlds Collide: A Study of Detective/Sci-Fi Fusion in Ben H. Winters’ The Last Policeman Trilogy
Christine A. Jackson
Wondering the Digital Wastelands: The Interactive Images and Legends of Disaster: Desire and Ideology in Post-Apocalyptic Videogames!
Stephen J. Webley
Surrounded by Decay: Apocalyptic Fascination in the Modern World
Apocalyptic Chic: Post-Apocalyptic Images in Twenty-First-Century Graphic Arts, Film and Literature
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