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The last midnight : essays on apocalyptic narratives in millennial media / edited by Leisa A. Clark, Amanda Firestone and Mary F. Pharr.
Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2016]
xiii, 263 pages ; 23 cm.
Critical explorations in science fiction and fantasy ; 53.
"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"--
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Other Authors:
Clark, Leisa A., 1968- editor.

Firestone, Amanda, 1982- editor.

Pharr, Mary, editor.
1476663238 paperback ; alkaline paper

9781476663234 paperback ; alkaline paper


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Book P96.A66L349

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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...') Visions of an apocalypse began to dominate mass media well before the year 2000. Yet narratives since then present decidedly different spins on cultural anxieties about 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's turning on its creators, seem more reality based. This collection of new essays explores apocalyptic themes in a variety of post-millennial media, including film, television, video games, webisodes and smartphone apps.

Author Notes

Leisa A. Clark has published on women's issues in the classroom and on Xena: Warrior Princess. She lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Amanda Firestone is an assistant professor at the University of Tampa in the Department of Communication, teaching media studies and digital identity.
Mary F. Pharr is a professor emeritus of English at Florida Southern College. She lives in Lakeland, Florida.

Table of Contents

Amanda FirestoneMary F. Pharr and Leisa A. Clark and Amanda FirestoneAndrew McAlisterAngela TengaTiffany A. ChristianStephen JoyceMark McCarthyDahlia SchweitzerTim BryantBill ClementeLennart SobbronMax DespainRyan LizardiFrances AuldCeren Mert and Amanda FirestoneSharon Diane KingPatrick L. SmithMary F. PharrLeisa A. ClarkEddie BrennanBjarke LiboriussenAmanda FirestoneLeisa A. Clark and Mary F. Pharr and Amanda Firestone
Acknowledgmentsp. xii
Prefacep. 1
Introductionp. 4
Prelude-We Don't Want to Miss a Thing: Millennial Technologies of Participation and Intimacyp. 25
I Culture, Values and Anxiety
The South Will Rise Again: Contagion, War and Reconstruction in The Walking Dead, Seasons One Through Fivep. 37
The Recuperation of Wounded Hegemonic Masculinity on Doomsday Preppersp. 48
The Last Non-Judgment: Postmodern Apocalypse in Battlestar Galacticap. 60
The Emergence of the Lost Apocalypse from 28 Days Later to Snowpiercerp. 69
II Globalization, Corporate Power and Class Struggles
Going Viral in a World Gone Global: How Contagion Reinvents the Outbreak Narrativep. 79
The Second Coming of Left Behind and the Deglobalization of Christian Apocalypsep. 90
Corporate Abuse and Social Inequality in RoboCop and Fidop. 101
We Go Forward: An Inquiry into The Hunger Games and Other Class-Based Dystopias in Millennial Cinemap. 112
III Memory and Identity
Determined About Determinism: Genetic Manipulation, Memory and Identity in Shaping the Postapocalyptic Self in Dark Angel and Divergentp. 123
The Apocalyptic Mental Time Travel Film: Erasing Disaster in Edge of Tomorrow and X-Men: Days of Future Pastp. 134
In the Flesh: The Politics of Apocalyptic Memoryp. 144
In Search of a New Paradise and the Construction of Hell in The 100p. 154
IV Simulation, Psychology and Inevitability
The Apocalypse Will Not Take Place: Megamonster Films (Cloverfield, Pacific Rim, Godzilla) in the Postmodern Agep. 165
Psychological Significance Within Postapocalyptic Film: Two Unique Approaches to Adaptationp. 174
"To Err Is Human": The Human Species and the Inevitable Apocalypse in The World's Endp. 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 Chroniclesp. 195
Techno-Apocalypse: Technology Religion and Ideology in Bryan Singer's H+p. 206
Technoscience as Alien Invasion in XCOM: Enemy Withinp. 216
Running for My Life: Convergence Culture, Transmedia Storytelling and Community Building in the Smartphone Application Zombies, Run!p. 226
Appendix: Apocalyptic Criticism, Films, Television Series and Video Gamesp. 237
About the Contributorsp. 247
Indexp. 251