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Humans have perhaps always envisioned our own end: divine wrath, epidemic disease, natural events from floods to asteroid collisions, man-made disasters from wars to monsters created by nuclear waste, and the scientifically- and politically- contested apocalypse of climate change. In this course we will examine why humans are always predicting our own demise, studying a series of specific, apocalyptic events to understand the social, political, and religious forces that have shaped our expectations of the end of the world. We will read primary sources including medical and religious texts and newspaper accounts; fictional narratives including movies, novels and poetry, and artistic productions like paintings and plays. Specific topics we will examine include the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, the Black Death in fourteenth-century Europe, the consequences of nuclear proliferation and bomb testing in mid-twentieth century America, “reports” of alien invasions in the twentieth century, and climate change in the twenty-first century.
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- Tell the difference between various literature types.
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My Specialties: Archaeology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental & Earth Sciences, Mathematics, Medicine & Health, Physics, and Science (General)