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Apocalyptic Transformation: Apocalypse and the Postmodern Imagination


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Since its inception, the story of the apocalypse has been used as a means by which to understand the world and one's place in it. The appeal of the apocalyptic myth is largely rooted in its ability to make sense of instances of crisis by incorporating those crises into a larger plan for history and an end of time that God has planned. Apocalypse is both an organizing principle to be imposed on an overwhelming, seemingly-disordered universe and a fundamentally moral story which offers hope of a new world where good and evil can be clearly delineated and addressed. But all of the traditional functions and comforts of the apocalyptic myth are challenged when the myth collides with postmodernism. The characteristics that define a work as postmodern ultimately destabilize the traits that make the apocalyptic myth unique. Using the work of Terry Gilliam, Don DeLillo, Kurt Vonnegut, and other writers in the genre, Apocalyptic Transformation examines the collision of the postmodern mode and the apocalyptic myth, explores the process of secularizing this religious story and the reasons for doing so, and asks the question: What happens when an author undermines the grand narrative of the apocalypse?

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Apocalypse, says Rosen (Lafayette College), gives meaning to the world and one's place in it, which is why so many people today are so fascinated by this myth of a sudden and violence end to the world. She examines the treatment of it by writers Alan Moore, Kurt Vonnegut, Terry Gilliam, Robert Coover, and Don DeLillo; and in The Matrix movies. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Rosen, Elizabeth K.
Lexington Books
American fiction
American fiction -- 20th century.
Literary Criticism : General
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