F14 Harp - ENGLISH 140 - Ends of the World: Apocalypse and Post-Apocalypse in Contemporary American Fiction
The question that this course’s texts will think about is none other than what happens when the world ends. This seminar will delve (without fear) into a diverse selection of contemporary narratives of apocalypse, dystopia, and doomsday scenarios. We'll use these texts to address questions like:
How do narratives of apocalypse and post-apocalypse help us better understand our present cultural moment?
Are we in some ways culturally obsessed with end-of-the-world anxieties? And if so, why? Have we become more interested in these topics recently?
How do these stories engage or criticize traditional concepts of good and evil? Are apocalyptic texts inherently “moral”?
To what extent (if any) do stories of fear and destruction perhaps paradoxically offer readers hope?
Texts will likely include novels and short stories by Cormac McCarthy, Margaret Atwood, Colson Whitehead, Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut, Orson Scott Card, and others.
The Four Avenging Angels from the 'Apocalypse'
woodcut on laid paper
15 15/16 in x 11 3/10 in (40.48 cm x 28.73 cm);22 in x 18 ⅛ in (55.88 cm x 46.04 cm)
Gift of the Friends of the Museum of Art in honor of Bret Waller
View from the Dix Road Bridge, Detroit, Michigan, from "Detroit Focus 2000"
black and white photograph on paper
11 in. x 14 in. ( 27.9 cm x 35.5 cm )
Gift of Detroit Focus 2000, and partial purchase with funds from the Jean Paul Slusser Memorial Fund
San Bernardino, California (I), from "The Fault Zone"
gold-toned gelatin silver print on paper
13 13/16 in. x 13 3/4 in. ( 35.1 cm x 35 cm )
Gift of The Morris and Beverly Baker Foundation, in memory of Morris D. Baker, a graduate of The University of Michigan School of Architecture, 1952
Auburndale Site, Highland Park, MI, #3
iris print on paper
22.9 x 33 1/16 in. (58.26 x 83.98 cm);20 1/4 x 32 9/16 in. (51.43 x 82.71 cm);22.9 x 33 1/16 in. (58.26 x 83.98 cm)
Museum purchase made possible by Stuart and Maxine Frankel
Laton Alton Huffman
After the Buffalo Run, North Montana
colotype print on paper
9 15/16 in. x 7 15/16 in. ( 25.3 cm x 20.2 cm )
Gift of Dr. & Mrs. Michael Fauman
Bentley, Stonehedge, Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, England (R5), from "The Ryoichi Excavations"
toned gelatin silver print on paper
6 in. x 8 in. ( 15.24 cm x 20.32 cm )
Gift of Thomas Wilson '79 and Jill Garling '80
Armageddon, Midtown Subway Station
digital print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Baryta
17 in. x 22 in. ( 43.18 cm x 55.88 cm )
Gift of the artist
Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
And still they don't go! (Y aun no se van!)
etching, burnished aquatint and burin on paper
12 in x 8 in (30.48 cm x 20.32 cm);8 1/4 in x 5 3/16 in (20.96 cm x 13.18 cm);8 1/2 in x 5 7/8 in (21.59 cm x 14.92 cm)
Gift of Kurt Delbanco in honor of Nicholas Delbanco, and partial purchase with the funds from the W. Hawkins Ferry Fund
3 1/16 in x 1 3/4 in x 1 1/4 in (7.8 cm x 4.5 cm x 3.1 cm)
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel and Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Figiel
Sir Eduardo Paolozzi
Watch out for miracles... new hope for better babies
screenprint on paper
14 15/16 in x 10 in (37.94 cm x 25.4 cm)
Gift of Professor Diane M. Kirkpatrick