Apocalypse as metaphor for revolution

Lang, Martin (2012) Apocalypse as metaphor for revolution. In: Don’t Panic! The Apocalypse in Theory and Culture, 25 - 26 May 2012, University of Kent.

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This paper examines the construct of the Apocalypse in the context of capitalist crisis. More specifically it studies depictions of the Apocalypse in Art, while also considering the broader political and economical conditions to explore whether there might be links between Art Historical interest in the Apocalypse and capitalist crisis.
Taking as its starting point Tate Britain’s recent John Martin retrospective, entitled John Martin: Apocalypse, the paper speculates that depictions of Biblical Apocalyptic scenes in Martin’s paintings are actually metaphors for revolution (French and American). It investigates possible links between Martin’s apocalyptic imagery and British imperial ambitions, and the rise of capitalism.

Keywords:Romanticism, Contemporary Art, Painting, Eschatology and Apocalypticism, Apocalypse Theory, History of Art, The Sublime, Apocalypse and popular culture, Revolution, Industrial Revolution, Technological Revolution, French Revolution, American Revolution
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V110 Ancient History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V350 History of Art
L Social studies > L171 Capitalism
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Fine Arts)
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Deposited On:16 May 2017 12:51

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