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The Resource Flowers of time : on postapocalyptic fiction, Mark Payne

Flowers of time : on postapocalyptic fiction, Mark Payne

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Flowers of time : on postapocalyptic fiction
Title
Flowers of time
Title remainder
on postapocalyptic fiction
Statement of responsibility
Mark Payne
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"For all of its current popularity, contemporary apocalyptic fiction-novels set during or after events that devastate the world as we know it-is part of a long tradition that includes the Biblical story of Noah, the epic of Gilgamesh, and the Works and Days of the ancient Greek poet Hesiod, as well as the vast array of modern examples. In this short, essayistic book, the author focuses on twentieth- and twenty-first-century fiction in which new forms of life emerge from catastrophe, how the survivors adapt to the altered conditions of existence, and the various ways in which the past asserts its claims on them-both the immediate past of the world that was lost, and the deep past of prehistory and imagination that returns with this loss. In Payne's view, "post-apocalyptic fiction is political theory in fictional form. Instead of producing arguments in favor of a particular form of life, it shows what it would be like to live that life." In a world in which there is no more capitalism and no more nation state, characters have to relearn basic survival skills and return to earlier forms of social life. They acquire new capabilities, which bring new satisfactions they could not have anticipated in the world that is gone. In the post-apocalyptic world, they disentangle themselves from old ways of thinking and their misconceptions of human happiness. In this way, Payne argues, post-apocalyptic fiction is the pastoral of our time. The individualism and small-scale social relations of post-apocalyptic fiction are not naïve, but instead the necessary ground for choosing the freedoms and capabilities readers would want to see preserved in any future collective that might emerge from them"--
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Provided by publisher
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Payne, Mark
Dewey number
809.3/9372
Index
index present
LC call number
PN56.A69
LC item number
P39 2020
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Apocalypse in literature
  • Apocalyptic fiction
  • End of the world in literature
  • Dystopias
  • Apocalypse in literature
  • Dystopias
  • End of the world in literature
Label
Flowers of time : on postapocalyptic fiction, Mark Payne
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: postapocalyptic pastoral -- The apocalyptic cosmos -- The persistence of memory -- Survivalist anthropology -- Conclusion: landscape with figures
Control code
1142878055
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
x, 192 pages
Isbn
9780691205946
Lccn
2020002321
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1142878055
Label
Flowers of time : on postapocalyptic fiction, Mark Payne
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: postapocalyptic pastoral -- The apocalyptic cosmos -- The persistence of memory -- Survivalist anthropology -- Conclusion: landscape with figures
Control code
1142878055
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
x, 192 pages
Isbn
9780691205946
Lccn
2020002321
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1142878055

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