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The Mammoth's Part in the World's Demise. Of the End of Humanity in Early Science Fiction

Anna Mayer
2013 TRANS-  
The demise of humanity has been a theme in literature for as long as we can trace back the written word. It is fundamentally linked to religious concepts. The narratological structure of apocalyptic writing in the Occident sphere radically changed during the Romantic era. At the core of storytelling the transition into the afterworld is no longer found, but rather there is an end to human life on earth. Eschatology develops to merely provide aesthetic means. This new approach to apocalyptic
more » ... to apocalyptic writing gives way to new topics, which were not treated before, namely socio-political issues. Romantic science fiction novels, which set place in the distance future imagining the demise of humanity deal with scientific achievements and cope with vast political and social changes.
doi:10.4000/trans.825 fatcat:kqa7kxpsrras3hurwnonmqbfby