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The End of the World

This course provides a study of "terminal visions" in myth, fiction, and poetry, with ancillary readings in historical, scientific, and cultural perspectives on end-times. The main focus is literary, but the seminar may also engage apocalyptic themes in visual arts, religious thought, political history, and popular culture. Writers to be discussed include Mary Shelley, HG Wells, Olaf Stapledon, Mordecai Roshwald, Hilda Schiff, Russell Hoban, Tom Robbins, George Stewart, and Otto Friedrich. In addition to some shorter pieces of fiction, some poems from the English Renaissance and essays on apocalyptic issues will also be discussed, as well as representative films and operas.

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