The Resource The Future as Catastrophe : Imagining Disaster in the Modern Age, Eva Horn

The Future as Catastrophe : Imagining Disaster in the Modern Age, Eva Horn

Label
The Future as Catastrophe : Imagining Disaster in the Modern Age
Title
The Future as Catastrophe
Title remainder
Imagining Disaster in the Modern Age
Statement of responsibility
Eva Horn
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Author
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Language
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
Why do we have the constant feeling that disaster is looming? Beyond the images of atomic apocalypse that have haunted us for decades, we are dazzled now by an array of possible catastrophe scenarios: climate change, financial crises, environmental disasters, technological meltdowns-perennial subjects of literature, film, popular culture, and political debate. Is this preoccupation with catastrophe questionable alarmism or complacent passivity? Or are there certain truths that can be revealed only in apocalypse?In The Future as Catastrophe, Eva Horn offers a novel critique of the modern fascination with disaster, which she treats as a symptom of our relationship to the future. Analyzing the catastrophic imaginary from its cultural and historical roots in Romanticism and the figure of the Last Man, through the narratives of climatic cataclysm and the Cold War's apocalyptic sublime, to the contemporary popularity of disaster fiction and end-of-the-world blockbusters, Horn argues that apocalypse always haunts the modern idea of a future that can be anticipated and planned. Considering works by Lord Byron, J. G. Ballard, and Cormac McCarthy and films such as 12 Monkeys and Minority Report alongside scientific scenarios and political metaphors, she analyzes catastrophic thought experiments and the question of survival, the choices legitimized by imagined states of exception, and the contradictions inherent in preventative measures taken in the name of technical safety or political security. What makes today's obsession different from previous epochs' is the sense of a "catastrophe without event," a stealthily creeping process of disintegration. Ultimately, Horn argues, imagined catastrophes offer us intellectual tools that can render a future shadowed with apocalyptic possibilities affectively, epistemologically, and politically accessible
Cataloging source
DE-B1597
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Horn, Eva
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other
LC call number
PN3352.D57
LC item number
H6713 2018
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Pakis, Valentine
  • De Gruyter
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  • Disaster films
  • Disasters in literature
  • Fiction
  • Future, The, in literature
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specialized
Label
The Future as Catastrophe : Imagining Disaster in the Modern Age, Eva Horn
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Copyright
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5. THE PARADOXES OF PREDICTION
  • CONCLUSION
  • NOTES
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY
  • INDEX
  • Frontmatter
  • CONTENTS
  • ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  • INTRODUCTION
  • 1. LAST MEN
  • 2. CATASTROPHE WITHOUT EVENT: IMAGINING CLIMATE DISASTER
  • 3. SURVIVAL: THE BIOPOLITICS OF CATASTROPHE
  • 4. THE FUTURE OF THINGS: ACCIDENTS AND TECHNICAL SAFETY
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780231547956
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.7312/horn18862
Other physical details
44 b&w illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (DE-B1597)9780231547956
  • (DE-B1597)514665
Label
The Future as Catastrophe : Imagining Disaster in the Modern Age, Eva Horn
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5. THE PARADOXES OF PREDICTION
  • CONCLUSION
  • NOTES
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY
  • INDEX
  • Frontmatter
  • CONTENTS
  • ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  • INTRODUCTION
  • 1. LAST MEN
  • 2. CATASTROPHE WITHOUT EVENT: IMAGINING CLIMATE DISASTER
  • 3. SURVIVAL: THE BIOPOLITICS OF CATASTROPHE
  • 4. THE FUTURE OF THINGS: ACCIDENTS AND TECHNICAL SAFETY
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780231547956
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.7312/horn18862
Other physical details
44 b&w illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (DE-B1597)9780231547956
  • (DE-B1597)514665

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