Imagining the End: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Apocalypse


Imagining the End: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Apocalypse


Edited by Thomas E. Bishop and Jeremy R. Strong

Format: Paperback/eBook(pdf)

This volume provides an interdisciplinary study of ‘apocalypse’ in popular thought and culture, offering new critical insight into how academics can discuss the end of the world.


Want to see more? You can now download the introduction.

Download Free Sample

This is a book about an event that never happened, and the cultural, literary, political and historical consequences of this deferred moment. An edited collection dedicated to understanding apocalyptic thought, Imagining the End: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Apocalypse brings together new work by an impressive group of scholars in order to examine the myriad of ways in which society continually imagine and reimagine the end of days.
How does this collection extend our understanding of the Apocalypse? One answer resides in the interdisciplinary approach this volume takes. Through 11 chapters this volume documents the contours of apocalyptic thought, exploring survivalist movements in 1960s America, post-apocalyptic literature in all its numerous forms, zombie narratives and bio-power, and environmental concerns. Taken together this volume provides new critical insight into the transformative power of apocalyptic thought and offers fresh perspectives on the enduring cultural influence of our perpetual collective preoccupation with the end of days.

Introduction: Imagining the End
Thomas E. Bishop and Jeremy R. Strong

Part I Step to the Right: Apocalypse as Historical Moment

‘We Are Now a Nation of Minutemen’: Survivalist Masculinity, Fallout Shelters and Cold War America
Thomas E. Bishop

Monuments and Memories: Alderney in a Post-Apocalyptic Spotlight
Sheila C. Bibb

Part II The Medium is the Message: Culture and Language in Apocalyptic Thought

Humanity’s Oldest Pastime: David Mitchell’s Postmodern (Non)Endings
Scott Dimovitz

Angela Carter, Thomas Hobbes and Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Surviving the Apocalypse in Heroes and Villains
Heidi Yeandle

‘A Stronger Loving World’? Destruction, Compassion and Megalomaniacs in Alan Moore’s Watchmen
Lara Narcisi

Part III Apocalyptic Air: Rhetoric, Social Control and Environment

Seeing Violence in the Weather: The Apocalyptic Rhetoric of Climate-Driven Conflict
Stephen Jackson

A Breath of Fresh Air: Resistance in Breathe by Sarah Crossan
Emine Şentürk

Part IV Imagination and Dualism in the Posthuman

Visions of the Future: Humans and Posthumans in Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake
Nurit Buchweitz

Subjectivity in Apocalyptic Narratives
Hatice Yurttas

Part V Of Transcendence and Elimination: Biopower, Survival and the Zombie Body Politic

Reading, and Surviving, the Zombie Apocalypse
Kelly Gardner

Transformative Technology and Posthuman Futurity: The Psychosocial Cartographies of Zombie Narratives
Jeremy R. Strong


Thomas E. Bishop is a PhD student in the Department of American and Canadian Studies at the University of Nottingham. His research looks into the relationship between shelter culture and masculinity during the Early Cold War.

Jeremy R. Strong is a PhD candidate in the Department of English, Film and Theatre at the University of Manitoba. He is currently researching contemporary science fiction and its interrelationship with public policy in Canada and The United States.