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Contribution to Book
Apocalyptic Chic: Visions of the Apocalypse and Post-Apocalypse in Literature and Visual Arts
  • James E Doan, Nova Southeastern University
  • Barbara Brodman, Nova Southeastern University
Department of Literature and Modern Languages
Document Type
Book Chapter
Barbara Brodman, James E. Doan

This book deals with legends and images of the apocalypse and post-apocalypse in film and graphic arts, literature and lore from early to modern times and from peoples and cultures around the world. It reflects an increasingly popular leitmotif in literature and visual arts of the 21st century: humanity’s fear of extinction and its quest for survival -- in revenant, supernatural, or living human form. It is the logical continuation of a series of collected essays examining the origins and evolution of myths and legends of the supernatural in Western and non-Western tradition and popular culture. The first two volumes of the series, The Universal Vampire: Origins and Evolution of a Legend (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2013) and Images of the Modern Vampire: The Hip and the Atavistic. (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2013) focused on the vampire legend. The third, The Supernatural Revamped: From Timeworn Legends to Twenty-First-Century Chic (2016), focused on a range of supernatural beings in literature, film, and other forms of popular culture.

Publication Date
Fairleigh Dickinson University Press/Co-published with the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc.
  • literary criticism,
  • modern and 21st century,
  • popular literature,
  • science fiction & fantasy
Citation Information
James E Doan and Barbara Brodman. "Introduction" Lanham, MDApocalyptic Chic: Visions of the Apocalypse and Post-Apocalypse in Literature and Visual Arts (2017) p. ix - xvi
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