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Small Screen Revelations: Apocalypse in Contemporary Television

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Small Screen Revelations shifts the attention to popular television, examining the ways in which contemporary television drama and news draw on both the language and imagery of apocalyptic texts.

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Representations of apocalyptic themes and motifs in popular culture has a long history, and a number of books and edited collections have examined their influence on popular film and music. Small Screen Revelations shifts the attention to popular television, examining the ways in which contemporary television drama and news draw on both the language and imagery of apocalyptic texts.

Essays in the collection examine topics such as the representation of apocalyptic prophecies and prophets in television news and documentaries; how news of natural disasters draws on apocalyptic language to frame the events, and how drama series use, develop and sometimes seek to subvert apocalyptic motifs. Thus, Small Screen Revelations offers a repositioning of the importance of television in representing the apocalypse, while providing a pertinent addition to the examination of how and for what purpose the apocalypse is used in popular culture.

 

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Table of Contents

James Aston and John Walliss
Introduction

Andrew Fergus Wilson
‘See you tomorrow’: Apocalyptic Refusal in English Culture

Holly Thomas
World War III is upon Us: Exploring Contemporary Apocalyptic Discourse in American Televangelism

Jennie Chapman
Making the Millennialist Mainstream: How Television Covered the Apocalyptic Predictions of Harold Camping

Roland Boer
Black Saturday: Representing Catastrophe

Kevin Whitesides
From Counterculture to Mainstream: 2012 Millennialism in your Living Room

Gregory Stevenson
Apocalyptic War in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Supernatural, and Battlestar Galactica

Erika Johnson-Lewis
After the End: Post-Apocalyptic Narratives in LOST, Jericho, and Battlestar Galactica

James Aston
The Post-Apocalyptic Family in The Walking Dead

Rubina Ramji
Will the End of the World Take Place in your Living Room? Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: The Apocalyptic Prophecy Continues

Mark Seton
Apocalyptic and Prophetic: Revelation and Mystery in the Revival of Doctor Who

Raoul J. Adam
‘The Devil Wears Nada’: The Simpsons and the Demythologization of the Apocalypse

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Editors
James Aston, John Walliss
List Price
£50 / $90 / €60
Series
Bible in the Modern World, 50
Scholars' Price
£25 / $45 / €30
ISBN 13 hardback
978-1-907534-78-2
Format
Hardback
Page Extent
xiv + 208
Publication Date
March 2013
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