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Escape into the future : cultural pessimism and its religious dimension in contemporary American popular culture

Author: John Stroup; Glenn W Shuck
Publisher: Waco, Tex. : Baylor University Press, ©2007.
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Analyses the power of pessimism, showing links between religious pessimism and the nihilism of popular culture. This title rummages through interesting and eclectic body of pop culture - from "Fight  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Stroup; Glenn W Shuck
ISBN: 9781932792522 193279252X
OCLC Number: 145943527
Description: xx, 313 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Secret agents : visions of escape, glimpses of hope --
Do we still want to believe : the X-Files and the American struggle with progressive action --
Perhaps today : the dialectic of despair and activism in popular evangelical literature --
God's unwanted : Fight Club and the myth of total revolution? --
Relocating the American dream : the challenges and ambiguities of contemporary cultural pessimism --
The quest for a real-world correlate : sightings of cultural pessimism in the domains of scholarship and journalism --
The question of real-world correlates to fantasy processes of decline : the deep structure of decay, or, descent into the engine room of the RMS Titanic --
Epilogue: Into the great wide open.
Responsibility: John Stroup and Glenn W. Shuck.
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From X-Files and Left Behind to Fight Club and New Age writing, Stroup and Shuck map out a trajectory of growing cultural cynicism embedded within escape fantasies. Such cultural-political pessimism Read more...

 
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