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By Dominic Pettman

Explores the post-Enlightenment obsession with apocalyptic endings.

Applying Jean Baudrillard’s query “What are you doing after the orgy?” to the postmillennial weather that informs our modern cultural second, this publication argues that the mind's eye of apocalyptic endings has been an obsessive topic in post-Enlightenment tradition. Dominic Pettman identifies and examines the dynamic tensions of varied apocalyptic discourses, from the fin-de-siècle decadents of the Nineties to the fin-de-millènnium cyberpunks of the Nineteen Nineties, so that it will spotlight the complicated constellation of exhaustion, anticipation, panic, and ecstasy in modern tradition. via analyses of rapturous cults, cyberpunk literature, post-apocalyptic cinema, techno-paganism, demise type, and the Y2K prophecy, After the Orgy explores why the 20 th century swung so violently among the poles of anticipation and anticlimax. within the technique, the ebook increases urgent questions in regards to the relevance of such principles in our new millennium and issues out choices to the monotonous horror of conventional narratives.

“Thoughtful, wide-ranging, and eloquently written ... After the Orgy can't be diminished to any unmarried simplistic thesis, and this is often one in all its significant strengths. It recognizes and affirms complexity, and but it offers this complexity in a compellingly transparent demeanour. briefly, Pettman is an excellent critic, either by way of breadth of reference and figuring out, and by way of subtlety and thought.” — Steven Shaviro, writer of Doom Patrols: A Theoretical Fiction approximately Postmodernism

“The diversity of cultural and textual readings provided listed here are complemented through Pettman’s expertise for telling a ‘story.’ rather than laboring via a dry interpretation of millennial practices, I listened to an excellent storyteller interpret and draw realization to special practices occurring on the present.” — Todd F. Davis, coeditor of Mapping the moral flip: A Reader in Ethics, tradition, and Literary Theory

Dominic Pettman is Assistant Professor of recent Media on the collage of Amsterdam.

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