By Marcin Mazurek

ISBN-10: 363164812X

ISBN-13: 9783631648124

Attaining into the depths of the collective subconscious, a feeling of Apocalypse explores and re-interprets one of many West’s primordial fears, particularly that of the apocalyptic closure of either cultural praxis and person event. but, unlike renowned connotations of the time period, apocalypse is considered right here when it comes to a transitional narrative finding the topic on the intersection of technological determinism, pop-cultural mind's eye, postmodern urbanism and electronic textuality. these kinds of shape the parts of a brand new post-apocalyptic panorama, which not just produces a brand new id trained by way of dissolving post-Enlightenment paradigms, but additionally evokes tricks at a great number of existential percentages prompted through late-capitalist applied sciences and their cultural effects.

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Like the apocalyptic creatures of the Alien or the Terminator series, Mark 13’s only mission is to erase human life. Its trivial components only enhance its grim capacity; it will use anything, even The Violence of Revelation 49 apparently harmless everyday objects, to reconstruct itself only to quench its deadly thirst.

29. Gibson, Neuromancer, 9. 30. Gibson, Neuromancer, 9. ” Whether it is one’s skin or one’s clothes does not make a particular difference; it is simply unreasonable to draw any further conclusions about what dwells beyond the obvious. Gibson’s sensitivity of the visible component of the corporeal in by no means unattended in cyberpunk fiction. Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash provides an even more explicit account of the bodily significance. Interestingly enough, however, Stephenson’s peculiar body-fashion show takes place in cyberspace—a territory from which the physical body is paradoxically banned by definition unless substituted by its own representation, an empty signifier of one’s desired looks.

2. David Robson, “Frye, Derrida, Pynchon, and the Apocalyptic Space of Postmodern Fiction,” in Postmodern Apocalypse. Theory and Cultural Practice at the End, ed. Richard Dellamora (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995), 63. 1. 40 Chapter Two edly encompass all spheres of life. “Hostility to the status quo,” whether predicted (pre-apocalypse) or experienced (post-apocalypse), endows apocalypse with the status of the ultimate Other whose critique of the “status quo” will be as radical as it will be ubiquitous and devastating (more often than not in the literal sense of the word).

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