Introduction to the ‘End of the World’ (the End of Mankind / of the Earth / of the whole Universe) as a topic or as an archetype in a selection of narratives ranging from religious and prophetical writings to modern ‘apocalyptic’ and ‘post-apocalyptic’ fiction. Perspective is chronological / historical (from Mesopotamian literature to 21st century cinema) as well as thematic (destructions and renewals, war and invasions, plagues and the undead, last men & women, etc.). Emphasis on French and Francophone contributions, from Medieval Danses macabres to Haitian zombies. Material covered includes the Douce Apocalypse (a 13th century illustrated version of the Book of Revelation), the little known 1805 novel that single-handedly launched the now omnipresent ‘post-apocalypse’ genre — Cousin de Grainville’s Le dernier homme [The Last Man] — and Abel Gance’s J’accuse, a 1919 silent film featuring cinema’s very first ‘army of the dead’. Syllabus [2.3 MB]
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