The End of the World: Apocalypse and its Aftermath in Western Culture - cover image

Copyright

Maria Manuel Lisboa

Published On

2011-09-20

ISBN

Paperback978-1-906924-50-8
Hardback978-1-906924-51-5
PDF978-1-906924-52-2
HTML978-1-80064-442-7
EPUB978-1-906924-61-4
MOBI978-1-906924-62-1

Language

  • English

Print Length

224 pages (xxvii + 196)

Dimensions

Paperback156 x 12 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.47" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 14 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.56" x 9.21")

Weight

Paperback703g (24.80oz)
Hardback1082g (38.17oz)

Media

Illustrations24

OCLC Number

939888894

LCCN

2019467811

BIC

  • JFC
  • DS
  • AP

BISAC

  • LIT004260
  • PER004030

LCC

  • PN56.E63

Keywords

  • Apocalypse
  • Brave New World
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four
  • 1984
  • Oryx and Crake
  • Blade Runner
  • Armageddon
  • Harry Potter
  • Terminator
  • cultural studies
  • film studies
  • literature
  • Margaret Atwood
  • George Orwell
  • Aldous Huxley
  • Douglas Adams
  • John Wyndham
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The End of the World

Apocalypse and its Aftermath in Western Culture

  • Maria Manuel Lisboa (author)

Our fear of the world ending, like our fear of the dark, is ancient, deep-seated and perennial. It crosses boundaries of space and time, recurs in all human communities and finds expression in every aspect of cultural production – from pre-historic cave paintings to high-tech computer games. 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-disciplinarystudy that provides profound insight into one of Western culture’s darkest and most enduring preoccupations.

Endorsements

This book is a tour de force, full of wonderful insights [...] Professor Lisboa is equally at ease when discussing a film like King Kong as when considering a fine point by Derrida, a dramatic passage from Beckett or a picture by Hieronymus Bosch. This is a timely book for the uncertain times in which we live. Its scholarly credentials are unquestionable, its erudition impressive, its analysis sharp and illuminating, and its expression elegant.

Prof Peter W. Evans

Queen Mary, University of London

Table of Contents

Prologue

Chapter 1

Apocalypse Now and Again

Chapter 2

The World Gone M.A.D.

Chapter 3

And Then There Was Nothing: Is The End Ever Really The End?

Chapter 4

Falling out with Hal and Hester

Chapter 5

Dying of Happiness: Utopia at the End of this World

Afterword

Libera Me, Domine, De Vita Æterna


Contributors

Maria Manuel Lisboa

(author)
Professor of Portuguese Literature and Culture at University of Cambridge