Framing the Apocalypse: Visions of the End-of-Times


Framing the Apocalypse: Visions of the End-of-Times


Edited by Sheila C. Bibb and Alexandra Simon-López

Year: 2015

Format: Paperback/eBook (pdf)

The apocalypse’s triumph is witnessed in the arts, literature, music, film, TV, and digital media thereby enabling us to view the very essence of Apocalypse as a cultural phenomenon.


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Different aspects of the apocalypse have been researched for centuries, some from an ecclesiastical point of view, others focusing on moral issues. Still others have specialised in investigating the philosophical implications of the apocalypse which are relevant in all religions. The idea of the ultimate victory of good over evil and the beginning of the after-life, either in heaven or in hell, has become a cultural phenomenon which has already left its initially exclusively religious constraints. With this in mind the focus here is to discover how the apocalypse’s triumph can be witnessed in the arts, literature, music, and most recently, film, TV, and digital media thereby enabling a holistic view of what the Apocalypse means in contemporary terms. What we read here is the very essence of Apocalypse as a cultural phenomenon, something which reveals, which uncovers and allows us to see a new aspect or dimension.

Sheila C. Bibb and Alexandra Simon-López

Part I Framing through Religion and History

C.S. Lewis and the Apocalypse: The Eschatological Dimension of The Last Battle
Magdalena Zegarlinska

‘Apocalypse Now’: The Roles of End-of-Days Prophecies in Islam from the Sublime Taj Mahal to Salafist Anarchy
Cynthia Finlayson

As a Lion among the Sheep: Indigenous Americans and the National Apocalypse in Early Mormon Thought
Ian Barber

Great Expectations: Postmillennialism and the American Missionary’s Apocalyptic Struggle against the Ottoman Empire in the Early Nineteenth Century
Justin Michael James Dell

Part II Media and Space as the Lens

Hell in Paris: Sex and Seduction as Personal Apocalypse in Julie Delpy’s 2 Days in Paris
Alexandra Simon-López

Break on Through to the Other Side: Imagining the End of the World as Place
Natalie Lettenewitsch

Part III Apocalypse: The End in Film

Breaking Bad: An Evil Self-Assertion at Life’s Twilight
Pablo Echart

From One End to Another: Allegorizing Apocalypse Now and Melancholia
Milo Sweedler

The Stolen Child: Hybrid Changelings and Saviours in American Apocalyptic Film
Shane Trayers

Sheila C Bibb, MPhil (Oxon) in Medical Anthropology, taught Anthropology at Brigham Young University, Utah. Her research projects were based in South Africa, Ghana and the Channel Islands and reflect her interests in topics such as Boundaries, Identity, Global Flows, Post-Conflict resolution, Ethnoarchaeology, Health and Belief Systems.

Alexandra Simon-López, PhD in Comparative Literature, is Senior Lecturer in German Studies at the University of Eastern Finland. Her main research areas are Migrant Literature and Film, Intercultural Communication, Border Studies, Surrealism, European avant-garde, Digital Literature, and Gender Studies/Masculinity Studies. She has worked at the University of Nantes (France), Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge (UK), University of Cambridge Language Centre (UK), and the University of Joensuu (Finland).