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Visions of Apocalypse

Representations of the End in French Literature and Culture

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Edited By Leona Archer and Alex Stuart

Picturing the end of the world is one of the most enduring of cultural practices. The ways in which people of different historical periods conceive of this endpoint reveals a great deal about their imagination and philosophical horizons. This groundbreaking collection of essays offers an overview of the Apocalyptic imagination as it presents itself in French literature and culture from the thirteenth century to the present day. The contributors analyse material as diverse as medieval French biblical commentaries and twenty-first-century science fiction, taking in established canonical authors alongside contemporary figures and less well-known writers. The book also considers a vast range of other subject matter, including horror films, absurdist drama, critical theory, medieval manuscript illuminations and seventeenth-century theology. Moving from the sacred to the profane, the sublime to the obscene, the divine to the post-human, the volume opens up more than 750 years of French Apocalypticism to critical scrutiny.

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Absurd see Theatre of the Absurd Act of Toleration 99, 105 Adamov, Arthur 191, 202–4 À la Recherche du temps perdu 153–63 Anges mineurs, Des 207–16 Antichrist 22–6, 31, 35–8 Apocalypse manuscripts, medie- val 16–18, 20, 30–41, 43–66 Apocalypse of St John see Revelation, Book of Apocalypticism 9, 10, 26, 36, 99–109 Arrabal, Fernando 191, 192, 196–202 Bataille, Georges 165–75 Beast 21, 35–6, 44, 113–22 Bergerie, La 69–82 Beyond the Pleasure Principle 153–6, 162 Bleu du ciel, Le 165–6, 168, 171, 175 Bosco, Henri 113, 120–3, 126 Cantatrice chauve, La (play) 199–204 cataclysm 139–42, 207, 219 Catholicism 100–3, 106–8 contagion 234–44 cyborg 145–6 Derrida, Jacques 153, 155–8 eschatology 127, 131–2, 135 Flavel, John 100–8 Fourth Lateran Council see Lateran IV Freud, Sigmund 153–6, 211 frozen words 87, 91–7 Glorious Revolution 99–100, 107 Histoire de l’œil 165–75 Horde, La (film) 233–5, 239, 241 Houellebecq, Michel 219–30 Hugo, Victor 118, 120 human body 167–8, 219–30 iconography 43, 47, 49, 52–3, 63–6 Ionesco, Eugène 179–89, 191–2, 199–204 Jeanne d’Arc see Joan of Arc Jeanne d’Arc (trilogy of plays) 128–36 Joan of Arc 128–36 John, St 44, 54–5, 63 Lateran IV 29–31, 33–7, 40–1 manuscripts see Apocalypse manuscripts miniature (manuscript illustra- tion) 48–9, 51–4, 61, 63...

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