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From Utopia to Apocalypse
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From Utopia to Apocalypse: Science Fiction and the Politics of Catastrophe

Peter Y. Paik

Abstract

Revolutionary narratives in recent science fiction graphic novels and films compel audiences to reflect on the politics and societal ills of the day. Through character and story, science fiction brings theory to life, giving shape to the motivations behind the action as well as to the consequences they produce. This book shows how science fiction generates intriguing and profound insights into politics. It reveals that the fantasy of putting annihilating omnipotence to beneficial effect underlies the revolutionary projects that have defined the collective upheavals of the modern age. The book ... More

Keywords: science fiction, graphic novels, political theology, Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons, Watchmen, Jang Joon-Hwan, Hayao Miyazaki, V for Vendetta, Matrix

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780816650781
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816650781.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Y. Paik, author
Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of the Religious Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee

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