Living Beyond the End: Exploring Postapocalypse and Postmodernism

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Shea Stuart


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The Western mind has demonstrated a strange fascination of late, a fixation on “The End” of things. To be more precise, this fascination centers on the peculiar notion of living beyond The End. On the face of it this seems a nonsensical concept. After all, is not the end of something firmly fixed, a point beyond which one cannot possibly go? Despite the confusion this notion may invite, lately the West has been transfixed by a genre of fiction which rests upon the very idea of outliving the end of everything, the end of the world. It is a genre characterized by plagues, wars, desolate plains, skeletal cities, zombies, marauders, and monsters: the Postapocalyptic genre.

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