Writing the Rapture

Writing the Rapture : Prophecy Fiction in Evangelical America

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In this book, Crawford Gribben offers the only full-length history, description, and analysis of the rapture-novel genre. The late 1980s, which saw a renaissance of the evangelical imagination, culminated in the creation of the Left Behind series, co-authored by Tim La Haye and Jerry B. Jenkins. The novels in this series, Gribben shows, are astonishingly derivative - borrowing entire characters and significant incidents from earlier books. Analyzing the unexpected publishing success of the Left Behind novels, he characterizes the series as a barometer of evangelical popular opinion.show more

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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 162.56 x 238.76 x 22.86mm | 521.63g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195326601
  • 9780195326604
  • 1,083,943

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a comprehensive, original, and eminently readable survey of the prophecy novel ... Writing the Rapture is a valuable and poignant contribution not only to the religious and cultural history of American evangelicalism but also to the literary history of a segment of American literature of increasing significance * Axel Stahler, ZAA * For those wanting to understand the development of prophecy fiction, or to locate their own reading within a broader framework, Gribben offers a scholarly, readable and comprehensive account. * Simon Woodman, Regent's Review. *show more

About Crawford Gribben

Crawford Gribben is Long Room Hub Senior Lecturer in Early Modern Print Culture at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.show more

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