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Broken Mirrors: Representations of Apocalypses and Dystopias in Popular Culture

Book
Authors Joe Trotta
Zlatan Filipovic
Houman Sadri
ISBN 9780367235918
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication New York
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Languages and Literatures
Language en
Links https://doi.org/10.4324/97804292806...
Keywords popular culture, literature, linguistics, apocalypse, dystopia speculative fiction, ethics, TV, film, video games, graphic novels, media studies
Subject categories General Literature Studies, Specific Languages, Specific Literatures, Languages and Literature

Abstract

Dystopian stories and visions of the Apocalypse are nothing new; however in recent years there has been a noticeable surge in the output of this type of theme in literature, art, comic books/graphic novels, video games, TV shows, etc. The reasons for this are not exactly clear; it may partly be as a result of post 9/11 anxieties, the increasing incidence of extreme weather and/or environmental anomalies, chaotic fluctuations in the economy and the uncertain and shifting political landscape in the west in general. Investigating this highly topical and pervasive theme from interdisciplinary perspectives this volume presents various angles on the main topic through critical analyses of selected works of fiction, film, TV shows, video games and more.

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