Hollywood's apocalypse films: a study into the representation of fear in American society

Neville, Peter (2007) Hollywood's apocalypse films: a study into the representation of fear in American society. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

[img] PDF
Restricted to Registered users only

Download (136kB)

    Abstract

    This dissertation entitled The Apocalypse in American Cinema: A study into the representation of fear in American society identifies the different fears within American society and how these are represented in the form of apocalypses on the big screen. These fears stretch from those of the Cold War Era; of communism infiltrating society and of nuclear war, to the more recent fears of terrorism and climate change. While Hollywood has released a large number of these apocalypse films with the aim to reflect these fears, their huge appeal helps to accentuate the fears in society. The dissertation shows how the films differ in their approach to the apocalypse offering audiences different levels of hope in their conclusions; and how they use images of destruction as a warning that society must change. Finally, recognising that Christianity is a dominant part of American culture, the dissertation will identify references to the Book of Revelation in apocalypse films. The Bible's apocalyptic imagery and depiction of the "Day of Judgement" is a source of hope for many Christians; this study will focus on how the films acknowledge this. In writing the dissertation I will refer to academic texts and use textual analysis of the film texts themselves to develop my arguments.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/307

    Actions (login required)

    View Item

    Document Downloads

    More statistics for this item...