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Media and the Apocalypse

Kylo-Patrick R. Hart and Annette M. Holba

Responding to a plethora of media representing end times, this anthology of essays examines pop culture’s fascination with end of the world or apocalyptic narratives. Essays discuss films and made-for-television movies – including Deep Impact, The Core, and The Day After Tomorrow – that feature primarily [hu]man-made catastrophes or natural catastrophes. These representations complement the large amount of mediated literature and films on religious perspectives of the apocalypse, the Left Behind series, and other films/books that deal with prophecy from the Book of Revelation in the Bible. This book will be useful in upper-level undergraduate/graduate courses addressing mass media, film and television studies, popular culture, rhetorical criticism, and special/advanced topics. In addition, the book will be of interest to scholars and students in disciplines including anthropology, history, psychology, sociology, and religious studies.
Contents: Annette M. Holba/Kylo-Patrick R. Hart: Introduction – Terri Toles Patkin: The Day After the End of the World: Media Coverage of a Nonevent – Gary Baines: Apocalypticism in American Folk Music – Jason T. Clemence: Empty All Along: Eraserhead, Apocalypse, and Dismantled Masculine Privilege – Jörn Ahrens: How to Save the Unsaved World? Transforming the Self in The Matrix, The Terminator, and 12 Monkeys – Kylo-Patrick R. Hart: Diversity, The Doom Generation, and the Apocalypse – Annette M. Holba: Occultic Rhetoric in the Buffyverse: Apocalypse Revisited – Christian Lundberg: The Pleasure of Sadism: A Reading of the Left Behind Series – Mark J. Porrovecchio: Apocalypse Documented: An Audiovisual Representation of September 11, 2001 – Brent Yergensen: Exploring Science as Salvation in Apocalyptic Films – Terence McSweeney: Apocalypto Now: A New Millennial Pax Americana in Crisis? – Corey Anton: Futuralness as Freedom: Moving toward the Past that Will-Have-Been.