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Post-Apocalyptic Culture: Modernism, Postmodernism, and the Twentieth-Century Novel

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In Post-Apocalyptic Culture, Teresa Heffernan poses the question: what is at stake in a world that no longer believes in the power of the end? Although popular discourse increasingly understands apocalypse as synonymous with catastrophe, historically, in both its religious and secular usage, apocalypse was intricately linked to the emergence of a better world, to revelatio

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Published December 4th 2008 by University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
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Dave
Not sure why this was a monograph. It feels a little like Heffernan found a clever way to interplay "apocalypse" and "teleology" and made an argument that we've already heard 1000 times with different words. The chapters weren't particularly well integrated to make a larger argument, though I enjoyed some of the analysis. The only problem was, once I enjoyed the analysis, I had to work hard to find tenuous connections to "post-apocalyptic culture." Ah, the danger of buzzwords.
Heather Clitheroe
A bit post-apocalypse light, I'm afraid: Heffernan's choice of texts for analysis are not especially illuminating. I was looking for more on the actual narratives and literary texts of post-apocalyptic settings. I got 'Lady Chatterley's Lover' instead.

A bit heavy on the commas, too. Blech.
Laurie McKickass
Jul 21, 2015 Laurie McKickass rated it liked it
I've found Heffernan's text invaluable to my own research, though her structure and formal choices toward the end of the book keep me from rating the whole thing higher.
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Insightful and well written!
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