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By Dominic Pettman

Explores the post-Enlightenment obsession with apocalyptic endings.

Applying Jean Baudrillard’s query “What are you doing after the orgy?” to the postmillennial weather that informs our modern cultural second, this ebook argues that the mind's eye of apocalyptic endings has been an obsessive topic in post-Enlightenment tradition. Dominic Pettman identifies and examines the dynamic tensions of assorted apocalyptic discourses, from the fin-de-siècle decadents of the Eighteen Nineties to the fin-de-millènnium cyberpunks of the Nineteen Nineties, so one can spotlight the advanced constellation of exhaustion, anticipation, panic, and ecstasy in modern tradition. via analyses of rapturous cults, cyberpunk literature, post-apocalyptic cinema, techno-paganism, loss of life model, and the Y2K prophecy, After the Orgy explores why the 20th century swung so violently among the poles of anticipation and anticlimax. within the method, the ebook increases urgent questions about the relevance of such rules in our new millennium and issues out possible choices to the monotonous horror of conventional narratives.

“Thoughtful, wide-ranging, and eloquently written ... After the Orgy can't be diminished to any unmarried simplistic thesis, and this can be one in all its significant strengths. It recognizes and affirms complexity, and but it provides this complexity in a compellingly transparent demeanour. briefly, Pettman is an exceptional critic, either by way of breadth of reference and knowing, and when it comes to subtlety and thought.” — Steven Shaviro, writer of Doom Patrols: A Theoretical Fiction approximately Postmodernism

“The diversity of cultural and textual readings provided listed here are complemented by way of Pettman’s expertise for telling a ‘story.’ rather than laboring via a dry interpretation of millennial practices, I listened to an exceptional storyteller interpret and draw recognition to big practices occurring on the present.” — Todd F. Davis, coeditor of Mapping the moral flip: A Reader in Ethics, tradition, and Literary Theory

Dominic Pettman is Assistant Professor of latest Media on the collage of Amsterdam.

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By Dominic Pettman

Explores the post-Enlightenment obsession with apocalyptic endings.

Applying Jean Baudrillard’s query “What are you doing after the orgy?” to the postmillennial weather that informs our modern cultural second, this ebook argues that the mind's eye of apocalyptic endings has been an obsessive topic in post-Enlightenment tradition. Dominic Pettman identifies and examines the dynamic tensions of assorted apocalyptic discourses, from the fin-de-siècle decadents of the Eighteen Nineties to the fin-de-millènnium cyberpunks of the Nineteen Nineties, so one can spotlight the advanced constellation of exhaustion, anticipation, panic, and ecstasy in modern tradition. via analyses of rapturous cults, cyberpunk literature, post-apocalyptic cinema, techno-paganism, loss of life model, and the Y2K prophecy, After the Orgy explores why the 20th century swung so violently among the poles of anticipation and anticlimax. within the method, the ebook increases urgent questions about the relevance of such rules in our new millennium and issues out possible choices to the monotonous horror of conventional narratives.

“Thoughtful, wide-ranging, and eloquently written ... After the Orgy can't be diminished to any unmarried simplistic thesis, and this can be one in all its significant strengths. It recognizes and affirms complexity, and but it provides this complexity in a compellingly transparent demeanour. briefly, Pettman is an exceptional critic, either by way of breadth of reference and knowing, and when it comes to subtlety and thought.” — Steven Shaviro, writer of Doom Patrols: A Theoretical Fiction approximately Postmodernism

“The diversity of cultural and textual readings provided listed here are complemented by way of Pettman’s expertise for telling a ‘story.’ rather than laboring via a dry interpretation of millennial practices, I listened to an exceptional storyteller interpret and draw recognition to big practices occurring on the present.” — Todd F. Davis, coeditor of Mapping the moral flip: A Reader in Ethics, tradition, and Literary Theory

Dominic Pettman is Assistant Professor of latest Media on the collage of Amsterdam.

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