Broken Mirrors: Representations of Apocalypses and Dystopias in Popular Culture, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Broken Mirrors

Representations of Apocalypses and Dystopias in Popular Culture, 1st Edition

Edited by Joe Trotta, Petra Platen, Houman Sadri


272 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

1. Welcome to the Beginning of the End – Joe Trotta

2. A Light that Never Goes Out: Bare Life and the Possibility of Ethics in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road -- Zlatan Filipovic

3. Immortality for the Living and Resurrection of the Dead: Traces of Russian Cosmism in Recent Russian Speculative Fiction -- Iril Hove Ullestad

4. Original Sin as Salvation: The Apocalyptic Boon in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials – Houman Sadri

5. Post-apocalyptic ‘At-one-ment’ -- Joakim Hermansson

6. Run, Fight or Die: Seeing the End in (almost) Everything – Joe Trotta & Houman Sadri

7. The Mexican Sicario Against the End of the World – Gabriela Mercado

8. Hybrid Identities and Hopeful Dystopias: How Interspecies Relationships Subvert Narrative and Genre Conventions In the Work of Jeff Lemire, Anders Nilsen And Brian K Vaughn – Ariel Kahn

9. The Zombie as a Pronoun : The Use of Subject and Possessive Pronouns in Expressing (de)humanization and/or (de)zombification in Disaster Fiction -- Linda Flores Ohlson

10. Angels of Death Hovering Over Darwin's Ragged Wound: Using Evolution to Explain Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s The Coming Race – Emelie Jonsson

11. Through Zombies, Humans Get in Touch with their True Nature – Petra Platen

12. The Surveillance Society in Pre- and Post-9/11 Speculative Fiction: A Corpus-Based Study – Joe Trotta

13. The End of All Good Things – Joe Trotta

About the Editors

Joe Trotta is an Associate Professor in English Linguistics at the University of Gothenburg.

Houman Sadri is a graduate student in English Literature, at the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Petra Platen is a literary scholar and administrator at the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

About the Series

Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to literary studies, it engages with topics such as philosophy, science, race, gender, film, music, and ecology. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Science Fiction & Fantasy
LITERARY CRITICISM / Horror & Supernatural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture