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By Elizabeth K. Rosen

in view that its inception, the tale of the apocalypse has been used as a way wherein to appreciate the realm and one's position in it. The charm of the apocalyptic fantasy is essentially rooted in its skill to make feel of situations of predicament by way of incorporating these crises right into a greater plan for historical past and an finish of time that God has deliberate. Apocalypse is either an organizing precept to be imposed on an overpowering, seemingly-disordered universe and a essentially ethical tale which bargains desire of a brand new global the place reliable and evil should be sincerely delineated and addressed. yet all the conventional capabilities and comforts of the apocalyptic fantasy are challenged whilst the parable collides with postmodernism. The features that outline a piece as postmodern eventually destabilize the qualities that make the apocalyptic fantasy designated. utilizing the paintings of Terry Gilliam, Don DeLillo, Kurt Vonnegut, and different writers within the style, Apocalyptic Transformation examines the collision of the postmodern mode and the apocalyptic fantasy, explores the method of secularizing this non secular tale and the explanations for doing so, and asks the query: What occurs while an writer undermines the grand narrative of the apocalypse?

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