By Dominic Pettman

ISBN-10: 0791453952

ISBN-13: 9780791453957

ISBN-10: 0791453960

ISBN-13: 9780791453964

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 subject matter in post-Enlightenment tradition. Dominic Pettman identifies and examines the dynamic tensions of varied apocalyptic discourses, from the fin-de-siècle decadents of the Eighteen Nineties to the fin-de-millènnium cyberpunks of the Nineteen Nineties, with a view to spotlight the complicated constellation of exhaustion, anticipation, panic, and ecstasy in modern tradition. via analyses of rapturous cults, cyberpunk literature, post-apocalyptic cinema, techno-paganism, demise type, and the Y2K prophecy, After the Orgy explores why the 20th century swung so violently among the poles of anticipation and anticlimax. within the approach, the booklet increases urgent questions in regards to 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 lowered to any unmarried simplistic thesis, and this is often one in every of its significant strengths. It recognizes and affirms complexity, and but it provides this complexity in a compellingly transparent demeanour. in brief, Pettman is a very good critic, either by way of breadth of reference and figuring out, and by way of subtlety and thought.” — Steven Shaviro, writer of Doom Patrols: A Theoretical Fiction approximately Postmodernism

“The variety of cultural and textual readings provided listed here are complemented by means of Pettman’s expertise for telling a ‘story.’ rather than laboring via a dry interpretation of millennial practices, I listened to a great storyteller interpret and draw realization to big practices happening 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 recent Media on the collage of Amsterdam.

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