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Combined and Uneven Apocalypse: Luciferian Marxism

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From the repurposed rubble of salvagepunk to undead hordes banging on shopping mall doors, from empty waste zones to teeming plagued cities, Combined and Uneven Apocalypse grapples with the apocalyptic fantasies of our collapsing era. Moving through the films, political tendencies, and recurrent crises of late capitalism, Evan Calder Williams paints a black toned portrait ...more
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Published April 16th 2011 by John Hunt Publishing
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Anna
This book is by its very definition relevant to my interests. It analyses apocalyptic movies, including zombie films, the Emmerich oeuvre, and some more art-house examples. It discusses J.G. Ballard, the concept of steampunk, and the ‘crypto-fascist’ ending of ‘Wall-E’. Tying all of this together is an account of capitalism’s ongoing downfall and what might come next, drawing on a range of critical theory including the apparently ubiquitous Lacan. I greatly enjoyed the whole thing, much of which ...more
Sarah
Jan 11, 2012 Sarah marked it as wish-list  ·  review of another edition
This book came to my attention through 'salvagepunk' and I bought a ticket to a talk next week by Williams together with China Mieville, the initiators of the 'newest rebel on the literary scene'.

Looks to be interesting, was told to think of the film waterworld with Kevin Costner, as much as people scoff at it, I enjoyed it, guilty pleasure maybe. Picture a scene around similar world ideas, post apocalyptic, salvaging parts of history left to rot and be forgotten, breathing new life into the old
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Joe
Feb 22, 2012 Joe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theory, 2012
An assemblage of different threads originally drafted on ECW's blog, this text walks through the developments of salvagepunk, zombies, and apocalypse, attempting to navigate their similarities and differences so that we can come to realize not what it means to exist in the fantastical and anxious space of our economic order collapsing, but rather what it means we can accomplish once we've determined the present to be post-collapse. Our work from here is to rearrange the existing pieces and have ...more
Steen Ledet
A great discussion of apocalyptic and catastrophic films, revealing their inherent criticism of Western capitalist ideology. Furious prose and angry theorizing makes this book a great read. I find Williams' readings and arguments wholly convincing, but do find his urge for us to be post-apocalyptic now before the catastrophe strikes to be slightly too utopian - but one may hope.
Lukáš
May 06, 2016 Lukáš rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of those books I wish I had written. Simply a great theoretical mashup of the apocalyptic fantasies that mark our age's cultural imagination and a wonderful reassembling of their potential into a vision of politics.
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