On the apocalyptic sublime

  title={On the apocalyptic sublime},
  author={Joshua Gunn and David Edward Beard},
  journal={Southern Communication Journal},
  pages={269 - 286}
In this essay we argue that an eschatological discourse we term the “apocalyptic sublime” has emerged, as the postmodern alternative to traditional apocalyptic rhetoric. Drawing on the work of Frank Kermode and Jean Baudrillard, the essay isolates two key features of the apocalyptic sublime as (a) a reliance on non‐linear temporality and (b) a kind of destabilized subjectivity characteristic of that described in the sublime theories of Edmund Burke and Immanuel Kant. The apocalyptic sublime is… Expand
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