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Keeping Count of the End of the World: A Statistical Analysis of the Historiography, Canonisation, and Historical Fluctuations of Anglophone Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Disaster Narratives
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Literature.
2015 (English)In: Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research, ISSN 2000-1525, E-ISSN 2000-1525, Vol. 7, no 3, 411-432 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Over the past decade, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic disaster narratives seem to have become more popular than ever before. Since its inception in secular form in the first decades of the nineteenth century, however, the genre has experienced a number of fluctuations in popularity, especially in the twentieth century. Inspired by Franco Moretti’s influential Graphs, Maps, Trees (2005), the aim of this study is to analyse the historiography, canonisation, and historical fluctuations of Anglo-phone apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic disaster narratives in literature and film through an elementary statistical analysis of previous surveys of the field. While the small database on which the study is based essentially consists of a meta-study of historiography and canonisation within the genre, disclosing which works have been considered to be the most important, the data is also used to assess the periods in which the most influential, innovative, and/or popular works were published or released. As an attempt is also made to explain some of the fluctuations in the pop-ularity of the genre – with an eye to historical, cultural, medial, social, and political contexts – perhaps the study might help us understand why it is that we as a society seem to need these stories ever so often.

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2015. Vol. 7, no 3, 411-432 p.
Keyword [en]
Historiography, Canonisation, Science Fiction, Apocalypse, Post-Apocalypse, Popular Fiction, Sociology of Literature, Bibliometrics
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Humanities General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-265427OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-265427DiVA: diva2:865628
Berättelser om undergången. Det apokalyptiska motivets retorik och ideologi i litteratur och film, ca 1950–2010 (The End of the World: The Rhetoric and Ideology of Apocalypse in Literature and Film, ca. 1950–2010)
Swedish Research Council, 2010-1628
Available from: 2015-10-28 Created: 2015-10-28 Last updated: 2016-10-05

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