Apocalyptic patterns in twentieth-century fiction / David J. Leigh.
By: Leigh, David J.Material type: TextPublisher: Notre Dame, Ind. : University of Notre Dame Press, c2008Description: xvi, 256 p. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780268033804 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0268033803 (pbk. : alk. paper).Subject(s): American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism | Apocalyptic literature -- History and criticism | End of the world in literature | Christianity and literature -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Fiction -- Religious aspects -- ChristianityLOC classification: PS374.A65 | L35 2008
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"David J. Leigh explores the innovative influences of the book of Revelation and ideas of an end time on fiction of the twentieth century, and probes philosophical, political, and theological issues raised by apocalyptic writers."--[book cover]
Introduction: ultimate issues in apocalyptic literature -- A literary reading of revelation in a postmillennial age -- The ultimate journey: the quest for transcendence and wholeness in the apocalyptic worlds of Walker Percy, Thomas Pynchon, and Don DeLillo -- The ultimate conflict: the cosmic battle in the violent end-times of C.S. Lewis and Russell Hoban -- The ultimate union: person, community, and the divine in Doris Lessing's apocalyptic fiction -- The ultimate cosmos: a new heaven and a new earth in three science fiction writers: Arthur C. Clarke, George Zebrowski, and Walter M. Miller, Jr -- The ultimate self: death and dying in John Updike and Charles Williams -- The ultimate challenge: apocalyptic liberation and transformation in African-American writing: Frederick Douglass, Malcolm X, Ralph Ellison, and Toni Morrison -- The ultimate way: apocalypse and pluralism in the postcolonial fiction of Salman Rushdie and Shusaku Endo.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 237-249) and index.
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