The Ongoing End: on the Limits of Apocalyptic Narrative Hardback


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The Ongoing End: on the Limits of Apocalyptic Narrative

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The world keeps turning to apocalypticism. Time is imagined as proceeding ineluctably to a catastrophic, perhaps revelatory conclusion. Even when evacuated of distinctly religious content, a broadly ecclesial structure persists in conceptions of our precarious life and our collective journey to an inevitable fate-the extinction of the human species. It is commonly believed that we are propelled along this course by human turpitude, myopia, hubris or ignorance, and by the irreparable damage we have wrought to the world we inhabit. Yet, this apprehension is insidious. Such teleological convictions and crises-laden narratives lead us to undervalue contingent, hesitant and provisional forms of experience and knowledge. The essays comprising this volume concern a range of writers' engagements with apocalyptic reasoning. Extending from a reading of Percy Bysshe Shelley's 'Triumph of Life' to critiques of contemporary American novels, they examine the ways in which 'end times' reasoning can inhibit imaginative reflection, blunt political advocacy or - more positively - provide a repertoire for the critique of complacency.
By gathering essays concerning a wide range of periods and literary dispositions, this volume makes an important contribution to thinking about apocalypticism in literature but also as a social and political discourse. This book was originally published as a special issue of Studia Neophilologica.

The Ongoing End: on the Limits of Apocalyptic Narrative was published by Taylor & Francis Ltd in February 2017. The ISBN for The Ongoing End: on the Limits of Apocalyptic Narrative is 9780415786911.

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Page last updated 19th November 2016
Book FormatHardback
PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd (February 2017)
Number of Pages116
Height246 mm
Width174 mm
ISBN9780415786911
ISBN-100415786916
Product Code4488521
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