By Glenn W. Shuck, John M. Stroup
Escape into the Future analyzes the ability of pessimism, exhibiting hyperlinks among present-day non secular pessimism and the nihilism of pop culture. Stroup and Shuck rummage via an enticing and eclectic physique of dad culture―from Fight Club to X-Files to the Left Behind series―pointing out the presence of pessimistic topics all through. This quantity identifies and illuminates the spiritual language utilized in those works to articulate America's have to break out from its current cultural course and, finally, offer wish that it might probably accomplish that.
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