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Undead Ends

Stories of Apocalypse

S. Trimble (author)

ISBN: 9780813593647

Publication Date: May 2019

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Examines how we imagine humanness and survival in the aftermath of disaster. The book frames modern British and American apocalypse films as sites of interpretive struggle, and asks what is ending? Whose dreams of starting over take centre stage? And how do these films make room to dream of new beginnings that don't just reboot the world we know?
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Undead Ends is about how we imagine humanness and survival in the aftermath of disaster. This book frames modern British and American apocalypse films as sites of interpretive struggle. It asks what, exactly, is ending? Whose dreams of starting over take center stage, and why? And how do these films, sometimes in spite of themselves, make room to dream of new beginnings that don't just reboot the world we know? Trimble argues that contemporary apocalypse films aren't so much envisioning The End of the world as the end of a particular world; not The End of humanness but, rather, the end of Man. Through readings of The Road, I Am Legend, 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, Children of Men, and Beasts of the Southern Wild, this book demonstrates that popular stories of apocalypse can trouble, rather than reproduce, Man's story of humanness. With some creative re-reading, they can even unfold towards unexpected futures. Mainstream apocalypse films are, in short, an occasion to imagine a world After Man.
Illustrations 15 black & white
Pages 224
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 May 2019
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Subject/s Literary studies: general   Black & Asian studies   Feminism & feminist theory  
S. Trimble teaches at the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada.

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