“This is the Way the World Ends:” The Apocalypse in Contemporary Film, Fiction & Television
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Why do we love apocalyptic narratives that reflect both our fear of death and obsession with the end? Does our fascination lie in their thrilling fear factor as we realize that we have the tools and perhaps even the drive to destroy ourselves? If we look a bit closer, these depictions actually reveal deeper spiritual desires for epiphany and revelation.
Join us for this lunchtime public lecture, in which Dr. Mary McCampbell will examine how popular ‘dark’ end-time tales reflect modern, postmodern, and ancient understandings of the apocalyptic genre.
Mary McCampbell is Associate Professor of Humanities at Lee University where she teaches courses in postmodern theory and fiction, film and philosophy, and cultural studies. A native Tennessean, she completed her doctorate at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (UK) where her research focused on the relationship between contemporary fiction, late capitalist culture, and the religious impulse, topics all featured in her forthcoming book, Postmodern Prophetic: The Religious Impulse in Contemporary Fiction. Along with her academic publications on literature, she has written on faith and popular culture for Image Journal, Christ & Pop Culture, The Curator, Relevant, Christianity Today, and Relief Journal. She was the Summer 2014 Writer-in-Residence at L'Abri Fellowship in Greatham, England and a 2018 Winter/Spring Scholar-in-Residence at Regent College, Vancouver.
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