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Small Screen Revelations: Apocalypse in Contemporary Television
Aston, James and John Walliss, editors

Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2013 pp. xiv + 208. $90.00
Introduction by James Aston and John Wallis

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The Bible in the Modern World; Apocalypse and Popular Culture, 50, 6

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Description: Representations of apocalyptic themes and motifs in popular culture has a long history, and a number of books and edited collections have examined their influence on popular film and music. Small Screen Revelations shifts the attention to popular television, examining the ways in which contemporary television drama and news draw on both the language and imagery of apocalyptic texts. Essays in the collection examine topics such as the representation of apocalyptic prophecies and prophets in television news and documentaries; how news of natural disasters draws on apocalyptic language to frame the events, and how drama series use, develop and sometimes seek to subvert apocalyptic motifs. Thus, Small Screen Revelations offers a repositioning of the importance of television in representing the apocalypse, while providing a pertinent addition to the examination of how and for what purpose the apocalypse is used in popular culture.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Revelation, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Social-Scientific Approaches, Other Methods, History of Interpretation

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Review by Sylvie Raquel
Published 4/22/2015
Citation: Sylvie Raquel, review of James Aston and John Walliss, eds., Small Screen Revelations: Apocalypse in Contemporary Television, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2015).

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