Post-apocalyptic fiction, a portfolio exploring the genre, origin, and use of Apocalypse in literature

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  • University of Strathclyde
Date of award
  • 2014
Thesis identifier
  • T13750
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  • Apocalypse as a literary device has manifold applications as it is a natural force of sweeping change, a crucial component for a story. Its scope and meaning can be manipulated to apply to different scenarios and change the rules under which a society operates, which affects how the character behaves and reacts. With the stories written for this portfolio, an attempt was made to create a collage of instances in which Apocalypse is explored in varying forms and scopes, from physical to allegory, from societal to individual. In doing so, I feel that I have gained some insight into the ways in which a story functions and how characters are developed and explored by affecting change within them and their environment. As a genre, Apocalypse has always enjoyed popularity both in fiction and in popular thought. And while it's traditional and popular depiction as a world-ending event is well-known, what is less well-known is the ways in which Apocalypse on smaller and narrower scales might affect individuals and societies. As an event, it is less about the end of the world and more about sweeping changes, a way in which identity can be transformed thanks to its influence. And this is likely what lies at the heart of its appeal; the power it gives to people to change from an old state of being into an entirely new one.
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Date Created
  • 2014
Former identifier
  • 1032821