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F15 Mecklenburg - ENGLISH 125 - Apocalyptic Media

English 125 Apocalyptic Media Anne Mecklenburg Readings for this course fall under the broad theme of “apocalyptic media.” We will investigate a range of contemporary fictional representations of the Apocalypse, as brought about by zombie pandemics, mad scientists, vampires, etc. We will also pay close attention to the forms that apocalyptic stories can take. To this end, we will be looking at television shows, web series, and comics, along with the more traditional short stories and novels. Our focus on the medium of these texts, as well as the different ways in which critics can approach them, will hopefully suggest the broad range of possibilities for your own writing, academic or otherwise.

Albrecht Dürer
The Last Judgment
16th century
woodcut | paper
Gift of J. Frederick Hoffman
2007/2.131
This woodcut print is vertically oriented. The upper half of the piece is celestial with an angel standing on a cloud blowing a trumpet. Men on fire-breathing beasts exit from the clouds. At the very top center, a white-bearded figure, shown from the torso to the head, holds four trumpets. Rays emanate from his head to form a halo, and he is framed in a half circle. Directly below him is an altar with vines on the sides and four child-faces spitting water out. The upper right corner features an angel blowing a trumpet and the upper left features a smiling angel with hands clasped in prayer. The lower half of the print is terrestrial and depicts a chaotic battle scene. Four angels with wings and swords attack a crowd of men, including a pope, a bishop and a king, as well as commoners. These figures are all crowded into the foreground with contorted postures. There is a city on a hill visible in the distance. The center bottom has Dürer’s signature of letter "D" contained within a letter &q
Albrecht Dürer
The Four Avenging Angels from the 'Apocalypse'
1496 - 1498
woodcut | laid paper
Gift of the Friends of the Museum of Art in honor of Bret Waller
1980/1.214
This is a black and white photograph depicting a rocky landscape scene. There are sharp cliff walls, striated with grooves, and two dirt roads with tire tracks. In the center portion, there is a grouping of seventeen piles of dirt, all of a similar size, and scrub like vegetation. The viewpoint is from above looking down.
Joe Deal
San Bernardino, California (I), from "The Fault Zone"
1978
gold-toned gelatin silver print | paper
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
2000/2.130.2
Two orange buildings on snow-covered ground on either side of an unplowed road. 
Object Orange
Auburndale Site, Highland Park, MI, #3
2007
iris print | paper
Museum purchase made possible by Stuart and Maxine Frankel
2007/2.2
Four spare industrial structures rise at different angles into an empty landscape. On the viewer's right, a scaffolding rises from the lower corner and angles to the left. On the left, another scaffold structure runs from the bottom corner along the left edge. In the middle, a building-like structure rises from the bottom of the composition and leans into the visual space, resting on a long rectangular solid that is draped with a cloth.
Kay Sage
Bounded on the West by the Land Under Water
1946
oil | canvas
Gift of the Estate of Kay Sage Tanguy
1963/2.1
Jacob Lawrence
Hiroshima Series
1983
screenprint, printed in eleven colors | Somerset soft-white paper
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
1997/1.533.6
Man seated at a table with Armageddon sign. He is wearing a striped shirt and looking at the camera. There is a New York City bus map posted on the column behind him.
Duncan Hartley
Armageddon, Midtown Subway Station
1978 - 2013
digital print | Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Baryta
Gift of the artist
2013/2.8
Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
And still they don't go! (Y aun no se van!)
1799
etching, burnished aquatint and burin | paper
Gift of Kurt Delbanco in honor of Nicholas Delbanco, and partial purchase with the funds from the W. Hawkins Ferry Fund
2008/1.152.59
Indian
Bhairava
1500 - 1899
copper
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel and Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Figiel
1981/2.55
A portrait image in two tones of blue printed slightly off match, showing a man at the center dressed in a white shirt, tie and slacks, with dark-rimmed glasses. The man is leaning over a automoton/robot, which is seated to the left of him. On the right and to the back, are two more standing robots. Each robot has humanoid features like a face, torso, arms, hands, legs, and feet with boots on. Two of the robots, one seated and one to the back at the center, have their internal workings revealed with their central torso panel removed, showing wires and indeterminate parts. 
Sir Eduardo Paolozzi
Watch out for miracles... new hope for better babies
1965 - 1970
screenprint | paper
Gift of Professor Diane M. Kirkpatrick
2000/2.14.50
Elliott Erwitt
Coke Machine and Missile, Alabama, U.S.A., from "Recent Developments"
1974
gelatin silver print | paper
Gift of Lawrence and Carol Zicklin
1987/1.175.2
This woodcut print of an abstracted landscape is done in green, red, yellow, blue, and black. An architectural form appears on the left and an archer on horseback appears in the lower right corner.  
Wassily Kandinsky
The Archer
1908 - 1909
woodblock | paper
Museum purchase
1954/1.152

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