The Last Midnight (häftad)
Format
Häftad (Paperback / softback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
280
Utgivningsdatum
2016-09-30
Förlag
McFarland & Co Inc
Medarbetare
, Leisa A./, Mary F.
Illustrationer
Black & white illustrations
Dimensioner
222 x 146 x 19 mm
Vikt
362 g
Antal komponenter
1
Komponenter
402:B&W 6 x 9 in or 229 x 152 mm Perfect Bound on Creme w/Matte Lam
ISBN
9781476663234
The Last Midnight (häftad)

The Last Midnight

Essays on Apocalyptic Narratives in Millennial Media

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Do you find yourself contemplating the imminent end of the world? Do you wonder how society might reorganize itself to cope with global cataclysm? Have you begun hoarding canned goods and ammunition against possible alien invasion? Visions of the apocalypse and its aftermath began to dominate mass media well before the turn of the millennium. Yet narratives since the year 2000 present decidedly different spins on cultural anxieties, founded in real-world experiences of terrorism, disease, environmental collapse, worldwide conflict and millennial technologies. Many of these concerns have been made metaphorical: zombie hordes embody fear of out-of-control appetites and encroaching disorder. Other fears, like the prospect of human technology turning on its creators, seem more based in reality. This collection of new essays explores apocalyptic themes and narratives in a variety of post-millennial media, including film, television, video games, webisodes and smartphone apps.
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Leisa A. Clark has published on women's issues in the classroom and on Xena: Warrior Princess. She lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA.

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acknowledgments xii

Preface

Amanda Firestone 1

Introduction (Mary F. Pharr, Leisa A. Clark and Amanda Firestone) 4

Prelude—We Don’t Want to Miss a Thing: Millennial

Technologies of Participation and Intimacy (Andrew McAlister) 25

I: Culture, Values and Anxiety

The South Will Rise Again: Contagion, War and Reconstruction in The Walking Dead, Seasons One Through Five (Angela Tenga) 37

The Recuperation of Wounded Hegemonic Masculinity

on Doomsday Preppers (Tiffany A. Christian) 48

The Last ­Non-Judgment: Postmodern Apocalypse

in Battlestar Galactica (Stephen Joyce) 60

The Emergence of the Lost Apocalypse from 28 Days Later to Snowpiercer (Mark McCarthy) 69

II. Globalization, Corporate Power and Class Struggles

Going Viral in a World Gone Global: How Contagion Reinvents the Outbreak Narrative (Dahlia Schweitzer) 79

The Second Coming of Left Behind and the Deglobalization

of Christian Apocalypse (Tim Bryant) 90

Corporate Abuse and Social Inequality in RoboCop and Fido

(Bill Clemente) 101

We Go Forward: An Inquiry into The Hunger Games

and Other ­Class-Based Dystopias in Millennial Cinema

(Lennart Soberon) 112

III. Memory and Identity

Determined About Determinism: Genetic Manipulation, Memory and Identity in Shaping the Postapocalyptic Self in Dark Angel and Divergent (Max Despain) 123

The Apocalyptic Mental Time Travel Film: Erasing Disaster in Edge of Tomorrow and ­X-Men: Days of Future Past (Ryan Lizardi) 134

In the Flesh: The Politics of Apocalyptic Memory (Frances Auld) 144

In Search of a New Paradise and the Construction of Hell

in The 100 (Ceren Mert and Amanda Firestone) 154

IV. Simulation, Psychology and Inevitability

The Apocalypse Will Not Take Place: Megamonster Films

(Cloverfield, Pacific Rim, Godzilla) in the Postmodern Age (Sharon Diane King) 165

Psychological Significance Within Postapocalyptic Film: Two Unique Approaches to Adaptation (Patrick L. Smith) 174

“To Err Is Human”: The Human Species and the Inevitable

Apocalypse in The World’s End (Mary F. Pharr) 185

V. Being Human in a ­Techno-Universe

More Man Than Machine: The Construction of Body

and Identity in Battlestar Galactica and Terminator: The

Sarah Connor Chronicles (Leisa A. Clark) 195

­Techno-Apocalypse: Technology, Religion and Ideology

in Bryan Singer’s H+ (Eddie Brennan) 206

Technoscience as Alien Invasion in XCOM: Enemy Within (Bjarke Liboriussen) 216

Running for My Life: Convergence Culture, Transmedia

Storytelling and Community Building in the Smartphone Application Zombies, Run! (Amanda Firestone) 226

Appendix: Apocalyptic Criticism, Films, Television Series

and Video Games (Leisa A. Clark, Mary F. Pharr and Amanda Firestone) 2...