This book examines historical and imaginary scenarios of Apocalypse, the depiction of its likely triggers, and imagined landscapesin the aftermath of global destruction. Its discussion moves effortlessly from classic novels including Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four and Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake, to blockbuster films such as Blade Runner, Armageddon and The Terminator. The author also takes into account religious doctrine, scientific research and the visual arts to create a penetrating, multi-disciplinary study that provides profound insight into one of Western culture’s darkest and most enduring preoccupations.
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Title: The End of the World: Apocalypse and its Aftermath in Western Culture
Author: Lisboa, Maria Manuel
Publication date: October 2011
Number of pages: xxv + 194
Dimensions: 6.14" x 9.21"
Illustrations: 24 black and white
BIC Subject Codes: JFC (Cultural Studies), DS (Literature: History and Criticism), AP (Film, TV and Radio)
ISBN Paperback: 978-1-906924-50-8
ISBN Hardback: 978-1-906924-51-5
ISBN Digital (PDF): 978-1-906924-52-2
ISBN Digital ebook (epub): 978-1-906924-61-4
ISBN Digital ebook (mobi): 978-1-906924-62-1
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The World Gone M.A.D.
And Then There Was Nothing: Is The End Ever Really The End?
Falling out with Hal and Hester
Dying of Happiness: Utopia at the End of this World
Libera Me, Domine, De Vita Æterna
© 2011 Maria Manuel LisboaThe End of the World: Apocalypse and its Aftermath in Western Culture, by Maria Manuel Lisboa is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution - Noncommercial - No Derivative Works 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.
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Professor of Languages, Linguistics and Film
Queen Mary, University of London
There is a research feature about The End of the World on Cambridge University's website: Thinking the Unthinkable.