26.1 | Stephanie Lang

The Vital Collapse—Apocalypse and New Paradise in Eça de Queiroz and Teixeira de Pascoaes Fin-de-siècle Europe seems obsessed by the Janus-faced problem of decay and renewal, halfway between the socio-biological sciences of late positivism and the emerging vitalistic theories, where accumulation, waste and loss of vital energies are a constant reference. In Portugal, Eça de… Continue reading 26.1 | Stephanie Lang

26.1 | James Berger

“The Voice of the Bridegroom and the Bride Shall be Heard No More”: Apocalypse, Critique, and Procreation Representations of the end of the world generally involve a totalizing critique of a social-symbolic order seen as corrupt beyond the possibility of reform. But in imagining the end of the world, we imagine also the end of… Continue reading 26.1 | James Berger

26.1 | Barnita Bagchi

Must there be Apocalypse? An Analysis of South Asian Speculative Fiction This article will focus on colonial and postcolonial speculative fiction from South Asia, and ask how, in a geographical region which is culturally and religiously hybrid, we can ‘translate’ the originally Eurocentric terms apocalypse, utopia, and dystopia, and how these can be related. In… Continue reading 26.1 | Barnita Bagchi

26.1 | Teresa Heffernan

On Apocalypse, Monsters and Mourning If apocalypse literally means unveiling or revelation, why is it that so many twenty-first century popular narratives are caught in an endless loop where disaster never gives way to a new dawn? Why is it that they remain stalled at catastrophe and are unable to imagine a future? What is… Continue reading 26.1 | Teresa Heffernan

26.1 | Laura Copier

“Has anyone seen this?”: Imaginary Apocalypse in Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter This article explores the enduring presence and appeal of apocalyptic narratives in two recent films, Melancholia and in more detail, Take Shelter. After a short discussion on the definition and on the different ways in whichapocalyptic discourse is manifested (not only in religious and… Continue reading 26.1 | Laura Copier

26.1 | Jessica Hurley

Still Writing Backwards: Literature After the End of the World This article challenges the conflation in late twentieth-century culture of postmodernism with post-apocalypticism, arguing that the central features of postmodernism—the repeal of the Grand Narrative model of history, the decentering of the subject, and the reimagining of the world as non-anthropocentric—are also central to an… Continue reading 26.1 | Jessica Hurley

26.1 | Frederick Buell

Post-Apocalypse: A New U.S. Cultural Dominant Over the last three decades, post-apocalypse has become a widespread feature of U.S. culture: in literary and popular fiction and film; in genres from science fiction to young adult fiction; on platforms ranging from print to television and even infants’ toys. Postapocalypse is in fact a cultural dominant in… Continue reading 26.1 | Frederick Buell