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Imaginationen des Endes

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Aneta Jachimowicz, Alina Kuzborska and Dirk H. Steinhoff

Das Ende als eine anthropologische Kategorie und Anschauungsform prägte schon immer die kulturellen Diskurse. Der Band versammelt Beiträge über die verschiedensten Imaginationen des Endes, begonnen mit den Untergangsvisionen der altorientalischen Welt und der Offenbarung des Johannes über die mittelalterlichen Apokalypsen und messianischen Konzepte bis hin zu den Untergangsvorstellungen der Moderne (etwa vom Ende der Geschichte) und den postapokalyptischen Narrationen. Das Ende wird nur selten als ein absolutes aufgefasst. Zumeist soll es zu einem Neuanfang führen, auch wenn sich dieser als Leere erweisen sollte.
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Apocalyptic Visions of the End of the World in the Fiction of H. G. Wells

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When one considers the history of narrative depictions of world apocalypse in European literature, one cannot fail to reflect on the artistic use of the motif of the end of the world in the fiction of an English writer, H[erbert] G[eorge] Wells (1866–1946). He is remembered as a man of letters but most prominently as a kind of a prophet of the epochs to come. This visionary aspect of Well’s writing is the reason for his being listed among the greatest writers of all times.1

In his fiction, Wells takes up the figurative way of depicting the imminent time to come by means of the symbolic scriptural images related to some global conflict, natural disaster or Judgement Day. Wells’s literary imagery plays with these motifs, expanding them into the whole repertoire of topoi of modern apocalyptic fiction. It is thus worthwhile to consider the literary shaping of Wells’s end-of-the-world topos and view it as the constituent of the author’s artistic search for the vehicle of successful popular fiction.

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