Apocalypse and Heroism in Popular Culture

Allegories of White Masculinity in Crisis

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About the Book

Over the past two decades, stories of world-ending catastrophe have featured prominently in film and television. Zombie apocalypses, climate disasters, alien invasions, global pandemics and dystopian world orders fill our screens—typically with a singular figure or tenacious group tasked with saving or salvaging the world. Why are stories of End Times crisis so popular with audiences? And why is the hero so often a white man who overcomes personal struggles and incredible obstacles to lead humanity toward a restored future?
This book examines the familiar trope of the hero and the recasting of contemporary anxieties in narratives like The Walking Dead, Snowpiercer and Mad Max: Fury Road. Some have familiar roots in Western cultural traditions yet many question popular assumptions about heroes and heroism to tell new and fascinating stories about race, gender and society and the power of individuals to change the world.

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About the Author(s)

Katherine E. Sugg is an associate professor of English at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut. She teaches and writes on world literatures, Latinx and comparative American studies, and film and media.

Bibliographic Details

Katherine E. Sugg
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6785-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4566-7
Imprint: McFarland