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Flowers of Time: On Postapocalyptic Fiction

Mark Payne


The literary lineage of postapocalyptic fiction — stories set after civilization's destruction — is a long one, spanning the biblical tale of Noah and Hesiod's Works and Days to the works of Mary Shelley, Octavia Butler, Cormac McCarthy, and many others. Traveling from antiquity to the present, this book reveals how postapocalyptic fiction differs from other genres — pastoral poetry, science fiction, and the maroon narrative — that also explore human capabilities beyond the constraints of civilization. The book places postapocalyptic fiction into conversation with such theorists as Aristotle, ... More

Keywords: postapocalyptic fiction, political theory, human capability, apocalyptic event, freedom, postapocalyptic literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691205946
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691205946.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Payne, author
University of Chicago

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