student profile: Mr Antoni Lee


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Thesis work

Thesis title: A Survey of Religious and Secular Apocalyptic Literary and Narrative Relationships

Supervisors: Frances DI LAURO

Thesis abstract:

In spite of the fact that people have been imagining, talking and writing about the end of the world since before Plato’s Republic — and the world has still not yet ended — deep fountainheads of apocalyptic thought continue to feed religious, creative and critical speculation and discourse. Focusing on Western expressions, it is not overstatement to say that one wellspring has fueled art, literature, culture and religion more than any other book — John’s Apocalypse. Taking into account the importance of Christ’s Second Advent to the Islamic faith, Christian apocalyptic influence also extends significantly beyond the West, as well as beyond culture, into politics and social structure. In this sense, the Bible’s Book of Revelation has a lot to answer for; apocalypse is everywhere. Of course, as western Biblical literacy has waned and become less socially-central, many societies are becoming increasingly pluralistic and more progressively unhinged from ancient Judeo-Christian apocalyptic sources. Yet we continue to draw on religious eschatology, in varying degrees of dilution, syncretism and originality, resulting in ever new developments, themes, tributaries and extensions of apocalyptic thought. This drawing-upon is nowhere more salient than in modern popular culture, that is, in secular expressions of literature, film and television. The research herein traces and considers relationships between ancient Judeo-Christian apocalypse and modern secular expression, focusing on questions relating to metaphysics and supernaturalism in apocalypse. This text is a companion and exegetical text to the researcher’s related creative fictional outputs.

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