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
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.
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2009. XIV, 209 pp.
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