Fictions of the Apocalypse: Genre and Meaning

Brian Russell Graham

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In this essay, I firstly address the question of categories of apocalypse in literature, media and culture. Though the notion of ‘apocalypse’ points to a total end of ‘things as they are,’ what we find in representation, I argue, is degrees of demise. These categories, however, are not simply coldly, formalist groupings of different types of culture texts. I argue that the fact that our culture is characterised by representations of degrees of ‘world’s end’ is deeply suggestive of the actual meaning of these texts. I conclude my talk with a series of reflections upon the meaning of these stories which steers a course away from conservative and pessimistic conclusion about the genre.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2012
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventThe End: Terminus in Literature, Media and Culture - Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 2 May 20123 May 2012


ConferenceThe End: Terminus in Literature, Media and Culture
LocationAalborg University


  • apocalypse, vision, literature

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