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Original Sin as Salvation: The Apocalyptic Boon in Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials"

Chapter in book
Authors Houman Sadri
Published in Broken Mirrors: Representations of Apocalypses and Dystopias in Popular Culture / edited by Joe Trotta, Zlatan Filipovic, Houman Sadri
Pages 202-217
ISBN 9780367235918
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication New York
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Languages and Literatures
Pages 202-217
Language en
Keywords Hero's Journey, YA Literature, Apocalypse, Original Sin, Paradise Lost
Subject categories Specific Literatures, Cultural Studies


In this piece, Houman Sadri applies the concept of ‘apocalypse’ in its original sense as an uncovering of hidden truth; the apocalypse here does not represent an end of everything, but rather is offered as a cure for our dystopian condition. The approach is firmly informed by the work of Joseph Campbell in his in his framing of the Hero’s Journey, or Monomyth, and the chapter explores the apocalyptic denouement of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy (1995; 1997; 2000). Through his exploration of the text, Sadri also appraises the concept of apocalypse itself as this boon writ large, with the transfigurative paradigm shift being pinpointed as something far older in nature than it may initially appear.

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