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Mathias Clasen

Imagining the end of the world: a biocultural analysis of post-apocalyptic fiction

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Post-apocalyptic fiction taps into the deepest springs of ancient and evolved emotions, but it found in modernity a particularly hospitable cultural ecology and a particularly receptive audience. Focusing on post-apocalyptic English language science fiction and horror literature of the Cold War era, I argue that a biocultural analytical framework is indispensable to making sense of this type of fiction. Post-apocalyptic stories function as a mental testing-ground where readers can cognitively and emotionally model the experience of living through the worst, and the genre prompts readers to reflect on the meaning of an existence that is always subject to radical change.
TitelEvolution and Popular Narrative
RedaktørerDirk Vanderbeke, Brett Cooke
Udgivelsesårjun. 2019
ISBN (trykt)9789004391161
StatusUdgivet - jun. 2019

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