The End That Does: Art, Science and Millennial Accomplishment

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  • Copyright: 2014-08-14
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Millennial movements do not always go boom and bust. As innovative responses to worlds in crisis or projections of possibilities for a world in the doldrums, millennialism has been a prime mover for many an artistic and scientific vision of the world reconfigured. Flourishing well beyond the life of any prophet, bearing fruit well beyond the waning of any redemptive scheme, these visions merit a history of their own. The End that Does tracks the interplay of the arts, the sciences, and millennial imagination across 3000 years of surprising conclusions.

Author Biography

Cathy Gutierrez is an Assistant Professor in the Religion Department of Sweet Briar College in Virginia. Her area of research specially is nineteenth-century American religions, particularly Spiritualism and related phenomena. She is the editor of the forthcoming book The Occult in Nineteenth-Century America and has published on various aspects of millennialism in America. Hillel Schwartz is a cultural historian who has published widely on millenarian movements and centurial expectations. He is currently Visions Scholar at the University of California, San Diego. As Senior Fellow to the Millennium Institute, he worked internationally on issues of sustainability and with the Parliament of the World's Religions he helped create a working document for the engagement of spiritual and religious traditions with the central predicament of the 21st century.

Table of Contents

Series Forewordp. ix
List of Contributorsp. xi
Epigraph: Will (poem)p. xv
In/tensionsp. 1
The Pharmakon of the Apocalypsep. 7
The Merit of Time: A Genealogy of the Countdownp. 17
Postcard I (poem)p. 37
Collecting the Cosmos: The Apocalypse of the Ancient Libraryp. 43
Giordano Bruno and the Rewriting of the Heavensp. 85
Francis Bacon's Scientific Apocalypsep. 97
Promise (poem)p. 115
The Elusive I sis: Theosophy and the Mirror of Millennialismp. 119
Promiseland: Utopian Technology and the American Millennial Dreamp. 139
Postcard II (poem)p. 155
The End Is Still Near: The Eternal Apocalypse of the Tabloidsp. 159
Christian Apocalyptic Fiction, Science Fiction, and Technologyp. 195
Unto (Rose Window, Sainte-Chapelle, Paris)p. 211
Y2KO to Y2OKp. 215
Cloister (poem)p. 235
Respite (poem)p. 236
The Space Needle Hits the Road: The Portability of Home, Landmark and Memorialp. 239
Ultima Thule-The City at the End of the World: Jerusalem in Modernp. 271
International Radiop. 293
Glossaryp. 295
Indexp. 299
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