The Apocalypse or end times are a recurrent theme within contemporary popular culture. 'The End All Around Us' presents a wide-ranging exploration of the influence of the apocalypse within art, literature, music and film. The essays draw on representations of the apocalypse in heavy metal music, science fiction, disaster movies and anime. The book examines key apocalyptic texts, focusing on their relevance to today. It will be invaluable to all those interested in the religious and cultural impact of apocalyptic thought.
Series IntroductionBrenda Brasher1. IntroductionJohn Walliss and Kenneth G.C. Newport2. Songs of Fate, Hope and Oblivion: Dylan's Dystopianism and ApocalypticismGary Baines (Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa)3. End of the World Music: Is Extreme Metal the Sound of the Apocalypse?Keith Kahn-Harris (Open University)4. Babylon's Burning: Reggae, Rastafari, and Millenarianism Christopher Partridge (University of Lancaster)5. Apocalypse at the MillenniumJohn Walliss6. 'The Days are Numbered:' The Romance of Death, Doom, and Deferral in Contemporary Apocalypse Films"Lee Quinby (Mccauley Honors College, CUNY)7. Making Things New: Regeneration and Transcendence in AnimeMick Broderick (Murdoch University, Australia)8. Selling Faith without Selling Out: Reading the Left Behind Novels in the Context of Popular CultureJennie Chapman (University of Manchester)9. 'The Shadow of the End:' The Appeal of Apocalypse in Literary Science FictionRoslyn Weaver (University of Wollongong, NSW)10. An End Times Virtual 'Ekklesia:' Ritual Deliberation in Participatory MediaRobert Glenn Howard (The University of Wisconsin)