Apocalypse: Imagining the End


Apocalypse: Imagining the End


Edited by Alannah Ari Hernandez

Year: 2013

Format: eBook


What does the word apocalypse mean? Is it an unveiling? Is it a revealing? What does apocalypse mean to these interdisciplinary scholars?

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In the popular contemporary imagination, the word apocalypse has become synonymous to end of times, straying away from its original etymology. In Greek, the meaning of apocalypse is: to uncover, to reveal what had been concealed. Nevertheless, revelation and end of times are not mutually exclusive. Truthfully, most of us feel that ‘apocalypse’ refers to both: to the processes of unveiling and revealing, as well as waiting, approaching and longing for what would be considered ‘an end’. Apocalypse leads to an unveiling and a revealing of obscure secrets, phenomena and processes; that lead through, delivering us to the other side of the end of time.


Alannah Ari Hernandez

Part 1 Waiting for the End

The End of the World as We Know It: End of Time Prophecies in Shirley Jackson’s The Sundial

Alannah Ari Hernandez

Revaluation of Values: Thoughts on Bion and The Rapture

Nancy Billias

Thinking Apocalypse

Joseph P. Lawrence

Apocalyptic Fantasies in American Film

Charles W. Nuckolls

Part 2 Visual Images of the Apocalypse

Falling Men: Images of the Falling Human in Art and Photography

Winfried Gerling

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie: Visual Expressions of Burial as Loss of Teleology

Elfriede Dreyer

Part 3 Post-Apocalyptic Visions

The Post-Apocalyptic Chronotope

Petter Skult

Drowning Towers: An Antipodean Apocalypse

Andrew Milner

Gendering Apocalypse, Selling (In)Security and Performing Consumption Securing in I Am Legend

Glen Donnar

Part 4 The Apocalypse throughout History (Non-Fiction)

Doomtown, Australia: Nuclear Apocalypse and the Urban Imagination

Robin Gerster

ApocalypseWhen? Time and Symbolism as Components of Apocalyptic Situations

Sheila C. Bibb

The Sibylline Oracles and Queen Zenobia of Palmyra: A Case Study for Apocalypse as a Venue for Political Power and Resistance in the Late Roman Empire

Cynthia Finlayson

From King Phillip’s War to the Mayan Apocalypse: Native American and Western Visions of End Times

Michael E. Harkin

Regarding the Signs of the Times: Dispensationalist Spirituality and Prophecy Interpretation in the Gilded Age America

Daved Anthony Schmidt

Part 5 Biology/Science and Apocalyptic (Im)Possibilities (Non-Fiction)

England’s Race Suicide and the Eugenic Apocalypse of Teilhard de Chardin

Timothy J. Sutton

Viral Apocalypses: Preparing for the Worst Case Scenario

Meike Wolf

Alannah Ari Hernandez is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Concordia University Chicago, as well as Director of the Academic Service Learning Center. Her areas of research are: power, marginality, politico-historical novels, horror, the uncanny, literary gothic, vampires in literature, science fiction, and suspense, amongst others.