After the End

James Berger
University of Minnesota Press
March 1999

 In this study of the cultural pursuit of the end and what follows, Berger contends that every apocalyptic depiction leaves something behind, some mixture of paradise and wasteland. Combining literary, psychoanalytic, and historical methods, Berger mines these depictions for their weight and influence on current culture. He applies wide-ranging evidence–from science fiction to Holocaust literature, from Thomas Pynchon to talk shows, from American politics to the fictions of Toni Morrison–to reveal how representations of apocalyptic endings are indelibly marked by catastrophic histories.

–Source: University of Minnesota Press