Book

My first book, The Contemporary Post-Apocalyptic Novel: Critical Temporalities and the End Times, is out with Bloomsbury. *NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK*

Traditional apocalyptic texts concern the advent of a better world at the end of history that will make sense of everything that happened before. But what is at stake in the contemporary shift to apocalyptic narratives in which the utopian end of time is removed? The Contemporary Post-Apocalyptic Novel offers an innovative critical model for our cultural obsession with the end by focussing on the significance of time in the 21st-century post-apocalyptic novel.

Once confined to the genre of science fiction, the increasing popularity of end-of-the-world narratives has caused apocalyptic writing to feature in the work of some of contemporary literature’s most well-known fiction writers. Considering novels by Douglas Coupland, Cormac McCarthy, David Mitchell, Emily St. John Mandel, Jeanette Winterson and others, the book frames the contemporary apocalyptic imagination as a critique of modernity’s apocalyptic conception of time and history. Interdisciplinary in scope, The Contemporary Post-Apocalyptic Novel  historicises apocalyptic beliefs by exploring how relentlessly they have shaped the modern world.

Praise for The Contemporary Post-Apocalyptic Novel:

“Set to become a landmark study of 21st century fiction, this wide-ranging, thought-provoking study is an invaluable resource, representing original work of the highest order, from a writer both engagingly readable and critically sophisticated.”

Judie Newman, Professor of American and Canadian Studies, University of Nottingham

“The treatment of the works in The Contemporary Post-Apocalyptic Novel is accessible and lucidly presented. The extensive and effective footnoting offers further avenues for exploration, and the comprehensive explanations of De Cristofaro’s theorization of critical temporalities ethically and accessibly integrates theory across schools and disciplines to produce a rigorously interdisciplinary work.”

Chelsea Haith, University of Oxford. Read the full review in Extrapolation.

“This book offers a well-structured overview and analysis of contemporary post-apocalyptic novels. It convincingly demonstrates the topicality of the issue by linking it to major current social challenges caused by neoliberal capitalism and its accompanying oppressive structures and escalating risks, post-colonialism and the ecological difficulties of the Anthropocene. Its discussion of questions of agency brings the agency of literature in these crucial developments to the fore. This monograph thus nicely demonstrates the social relevance of literature and literary analysis.”

Forum for Modern Language Studies. Read the full review here.

A theoretical tour de force . . . building on a rich and comprehensive foundation of critical writing about modernity, history, time, and apocalyptic logic.”

The Year’s Work in English Studies. Read the full review here.

You can find the hardback, paperback, and e-book of The Contemporary Post-Apocalyptic Novel on Bloomsbury’s website and in bookshops like WHSmithAmazonBlackwell’s, and Barnes & Noble.

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