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      Critical Temporalities: Station Eleven and the Contemporary Post-Apocalyptic Novel

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          This article examines Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven ( 2014) in the context of the growing body of contemporary post-apocalyptic fictions and what I argue is their critique of the apocalyptic tradition. Traditional apocalyptic narratives reveal a utopian teleology to history, a conception of time that deeply informs western modernity and its metanarratives. The contemporary post-apocalyptic novel, instead, is not only predominantly dystopian but articulates temporalities critical of the apocalyptic model of history to make space for unwritten futures which are key to agency. I focus on three elements, which reflect central features of this body of writings – the critical appropriation of religious apocalyptic logic, the critique of utopian teleology, and non-linear narrative structures – and parallel Mandel’s novel with three other key texts of the genre, Douglas Coupland’s Player One ( 2010), Cormac McCarthy’s The Road ( 2006) and David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas ( 2004).

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                Journal
                2056-6700
                Open Library of Humanities
                Open Library of Humanities
                2056-6700
                23 November 2018
                2018
                : 4
                : 2
                Affiliations
                [1 ]University of Birmingham, UK
                Article
                10.16995/olh.206
                6b628298-19a9-44fd-a0d4-b7beed054c78
                Copyright: © 2018 The Author(s)

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

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                Station eleven and twenty-first-century writing

                Literary studies,Religious studies & Theology,Arts,Social & Behavioral Sciences,History,Philosophy

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