Apocalypse and Post-Politics : The Romance of the End
In Mary Manjikian's Apocalypse and Post-Politics: The Romance of the End, apocalypse-themed novels of contemporary America and historic Britain are affirmed as a creative luxury of development. Manjikian examines a number of such novels using the lens of an international relations theorist, identifying faults in the logic of the American exceptionalists and showing that the apocalyptic narrative provides both a counterpoint and a corrective to the narrative of exceptionalism.
- Paperback | 344 pages
- 152.4 x 223.52 x 40.64mm | 476.27g
- 05 Dec 2013
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
- black & white illustrations, black & white tables, figures
Table of contents
Introduction Section 1. Apocalypse as Prediction Chapter 1. Apocalypse and National Security Chapter 2. Catastrophe Novels and Prediction Chapter 3. Utopian Novels and Forecasting Chapter 4. The Romance of the World's End Section 2. Apocalypse as Critique Chapter 5. Apocalypse and Epistemology Chapter 6. Exceptionality and Apocalypse Chapter 7. Going Native Chapter 8. The Traveler Section 3. Apocalypse as Ethics Chapter 9. Encountering the Other
Mary Manjikian s Apocalypse and Post-Politics: The Romance of the End advances the thesis that only
Manjikian reads catastrophe fiction as a symptom of how great powers fear loss of status, and treats it as an arena for practicing humility. A timely analysis of a sub-genre of timely warnings to post-9/11 America. -- Iver Neumann, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs Apocalyptic literature offers a vantage point on our own world by making us powerless, vulnerable, and fearful. Manjikian shows how post-9.11 works in this genre suggest that the death of America, and indeed, of civilization, is less incomprehensible than its existence. These novels and films and her book inspire respect for values that we all too often take for granted. -- Richard Ned Lebow, King's College, London Manjikian (Regent Univ.) aims to show that apocalyptic literature can have a beneficial political impact. While she distinguishes among catastrophic, utopian, and apocalyptic works, which have a conservative, liberal, and critical intention respectively, Manjikian clearly favors the latter. Apocalyptic writing done well is subversive in a good way; it can show the powerful what they are doing to the powerless and change their perception of the world. Manjikian's hope is that this literature could lead to a more harmonious world, especially in the realm of international relations. Manjikian provides strong evidence for the political power of words, and hers is an exemplary work on how to apply literary theory to the study of international politics. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, and research collections. CHOICE
About Mary Manjikian
Mary Manjikian is assistant professor of international relations at the Robertson School of Government at Regent University.