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Newly Published: The Last Midnight

New on our bookshelf today:

The Last Midnight: Essays on Apocalyptic Narratives in Millennial Media
Edited by Leisa A. Clark, Amanda Firestone and Mary F. Pharr Series Editors Donald E. Palumbo and C.W. Sullivan III

Do you find yourself contemplating the imminent end of the world? Do you wonder how society might reorganize itself to cope with global cataclysm? (Have you begun hoarding canned goods and ammunition…?)

Visions of an apocalypse began to dominate mass media well before the year 2000. Yet narratives since then present decidedly different spins on cultural anxieties about terrorism, disease, environmental collapse, worldwide conflict and millennial technologies.

Many of these concerns have been made metaphorical: zombie hordes embody fear of out-of-control appetites and encroaching disorder. Other fears, like the prospect of human technology’s turning on its creators, seem more reality based. This collection of new essays explores apocalyptic themes in a variety of post-millennial media, including film, television, video games, webisodes and smartphone apps.