Modernism, Christianity and Apocalypse


Modernism, Christianity and Apocalypse stages an encounter between the fields of ‘Modernism and Christianity’ and ‘Apocalypse Studies’. The modernist impulse to ‘make it new’, to transform and reform culture, is an incipiently apocalyptic one, poised between imaginative representations of an Old Era or civilization and the experimental promise of the New. Christianity figures in formative tension with the ‘new’, but its apocalyptic paradigms continued to impact modernist visions of cultural revitalization.

In three sections tracing a rough chronology from the late nineteenth century fin de siècle, via interwar conflicts and the rise of ‘political religions’, to post-1945 anxieties such as the Bomb, this thematic is explored in nineteen far-ranging scholarly contributions, outlining a distinctive and fresh interdisciplinary field of study.
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Biographical Note

Erik Tonning, DPhil, Oxon (2006), is Research Director of the Modernism and Christianity project at the University of Bergen. He is the author of Samuel Beckett’s Abstract Drama (Peter Lang, 2007) and Modernism and Christianity (Palgrave, 2014).

Matthew Feldman, Ph.D., Oxford Brookes University (2005), is Reader in Contemporary History and Co-Director of the Centre for Fascist, Anti-Fascist and Post-Fascist Studies at Teesside University. His most recent book is Ezra Pound’s Fascist Propaganda, 1935-1945 (Palgrave, 2014).

David Addyman, Ph.D., Royal Holloway, University of London (2008), is a Research Associate of the Modernism and Christianity project at the University of Bergen. He has published a number of articles on modernism, especially on the topic of Samuel Beckett and place.

Contributors are: David Addyman, Mary Bryden, Mark Byron, Carole M. Cusack, Katherine Ebury, Matthew Feldman, Hedda Lingaas Fossum, Paul S. Fiddes, Paul Jackson, Suzanne Hobson, Jonas Kurlberg, Benjamin Madden, Gregory Maertz, Henry Mead, Hans Ottomeyer, Jacob Phillips, Andrea Rinaldi, Malise Ruthven, Brian Sudlow, Erik Tonning.


Those interested in the interrelationships between cultural ‘modernism’ in literature and the arts (c. 1880-1963), the influence of Christianity on that movement, and ‘Apocalypse Studies’.


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