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Imagining the End: Apocalyptic Imagery in Visual Media

Author:
Geraci, Jovita L.
Degree Grantor:
University of California, Santa Barbara. Religious Studies
Degree Supervisor:
Wade Clark Roof
Place of Publication:
[Santa Barbara, Calif.]
Publisher:
University of California, Santa Barbara
Creation Date:
2012
Issued Date:
2012
Topics:
Religion, History of., Cinema, Religion, General, and Multimedia Communications
Keywords:
Avatar
Matrix
Apocalyptic
Films
World of Warcraft
Video Games
Genres:
Dissertations, Academic and Online resources
Dissertation:
Ph.D.--University of California, Santa Barbara, 2012
Description:

Apocalyptic imagery is a common element in 20th and 21 st century popular culture. Such imagery, largely consisting of dualism, tragedy, eschatology and messianism, draws upon two millennia worth of apocalyptic history. Emerging out of ancient Judaism and Christianity, western apocalypticism found its most enduring and influential forms in Revelation and the Book of Daniel. Tracing the themes of the apocalyptic imagination from ancient times into contemporary popular culture clearly shows that dualism, tragedy, eschatology and messianism underwrite the authority of popular media. These four aspects of apolcayptic imagery appear in secular films and games, as illustrated in The Matrix trilogy, The Terminator series, and Avatar, and in the Massively Multiplayer Online game, World of Warcraft. The religiously apocalyptic elements of these and similar films and games make the fictional stories richer and more detailed, as well as making them more appealing and convincing to modern audiences. As a consequence, popular films and games are important media through which ancient religious ideas percolate through modern culture, and which simultaneously sustain the ancient ideas and images.

Physical Description:
1 online resource (235 pages)
Format:
Text
Collection(s):
UCSB electronic theses and dissertations
ARK:
ark:/48907/f3qf8qt8
ISBN:
9781267767400
Catalog System Number:
990039147370203776
Rights:
Inc.icon only.dark In Copyright
Copyright Holder:
Jovita Geraci
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