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 publication argues that the mind's eye of apocalyptic endings has been an obsessive subject 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, which will spotlight the advanced constellation of exhaustion, anticipation, panic, and ecstasy in modern tradition. via analyses of rapturous cults, cyberpunk literature, post-apocalyptic cinema, techno-paganism, dying style, and the Y2K prophecy, After the Orgy explores why the 20 th century swung so violently among the poles of anticipation and anticlimax. within the approach, the ebook increases urgent questions about 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 can be one in every of its significant strengths. It recognizes and affirms complexity, and but it offers this complexity in a compellingly transparent demeanour. in brief, Pettman is an outstanding critic, either when it comes to breadth of reference and realizing, and when it comes to subtlety and thought.” — Steven Shaviro, writer of Doom Patrols: A Theoretical Fiction approximately Postmodernism

“The diversity of cultural and textual readings provided listed below are complemented by way of Pettman’s expertise for telling a ‘story.’ rather than laboring via a dry interpretation of millennial practices, I listened to a good storyteller interpret and draw cognizance to big practices occurring 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 latest Media on the college of Amsterdam.

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