Escape Into the Future: Cultural Pessimism and Its Religious Dimension in Contemporary American Popular Culture

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Baylor University Press, 2007 - 313 σελίδες

Escape into the Future analyzes the power of pessimism, showing links between present-day religious pessimism and the nihilism of popular culture. Stroup and Shuck rummage through an interesting and eclectic body of pop culture--from Fight Club to X-Files to the Left Behind series--pointing out the presence of pessimistic themes throughout. This volume identifies and illuminates the religious language used in these works to articulate America's need to escape from its present cultural path and, ultimately, provide hope that it might do so.

 

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Secret Agents Visions of Escape Glimpses of Hope
1
Do We Still Want to Believe? The XFiles and the American Struggle with Progressive Action
25
Perhaps Today The Dialectic of Despair and Activism in Popular Evangelical Literature
51
Gods Unwanted Fight Club and the Myth of Total Revolution
87
Relocating the American Dream The Challenges and Ambiguities of Contemporary Cultural Pessimism
115
The Quest for RealWorld Correlates Sightings of Cultural Pessimism in the Domains of Scholarship and Journalism
143
The Question of RealWorld Correlates to Fantasy Processes of Decline The Deep Structure of Decay or Descent into the Engine Room of the Titanic
181
Into the Great Wide Open
215
Bibliographical Essay
219
Notes
245
Index
305

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Glenn W. Shuck is Assistant Professor of Religion at Williams College.

John M. Stroup is Harry and Hazel Chavanne Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University.

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