"Foster (English, Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln), an avowed radical environmentalist, turns a dark lens on film and television of the last 60 years.
Comprises five related essays dealing with "apocotainment," the societal repercussions of the Cold War, the relationship of coprophagia to capitalism, doomsday obsession, and the planet 'A.P.' (after people), among other topics.
[The bibliography runs] from Dante through Dwight Eisenhower to Elizabeth Kolbert's The Sixth Extinction. This book will intrigue those interested in media studies. Recommended.
"Gwendolyn Audrey Foster writes passionately about the debased media-scape of our death-worshipping culture. She probes into our collective fascination with an Earth without us, even as we continue activities that are sure to lead to yet more ecological devastation and mass extinction. Hoarders, Doomsday Preppers, and the Culture of Apocalypse is not a comforting book, but it is an eloquent call from a voice crying in the wilderness: a warning that we ignore at our peril." – Steven Shaviro, DeRoy Professor, English, Wayne State University, USA
"In this urgent and important book, Gwendolyn Audrey Foster exposes and explores the multiform obscenities - of violence, wealth, consumption, ownership, avarice, aggression, and more - that infect the politics, businesses, entertainments, and mentalities of today's narcissistic, fear-peddling, death-celebrating culture, shining a laser-sharp spotlight on excesses of sexism, neo-liberalism, speciesism, capitalism, and nationalism in the contemporary media." - David Sterritt, Columbia University, USA
"In her newest book, Hoarders, Doomsday Preppers, and the Culture of Apocalypse, Gwendolyn Audrey Foster explores the excesses of late-capitalist American consumerism; her exploration of media representation of gluttony, hoarding, waste, and debt is compelling reading for anyone interested in contemporary popular culture." - Patrice Petro, Professor, English, Film Studies, and Global Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
"Gwendolyn Audrey Foster challenges us to confront the apocalyptic narratives of our time in her engaging and thought-provoking book. Through our desire for what she terms 'apocotainment' - the apocalypse as entertainment for the masses - we eagerly digest the mediatized horrors of our planet's ecological destruction on screen as we continue to deny it as reality in our own front yards. Foster's book is a wakeup call to take notice of the preciousness of our common humanity, before we confront the death of our planet in real life." - Valérie K. Orlando, Professor, French and Francophone Literature and Film, University of Maryland, USA
About the Author
Gwendolyn Audrey Foster is Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is author of numerous books in the areas of film studies/cultural studies with books and articles on race, gender, and class, as well as film history and popular culture.
Foster's most recent book is entitled Disruptive Feminisms: Raced, Gendered, and Classed Bodies in Film, published by Palgrave Macmillan.
Visit gwendolynaudreyfoster.com for more information on Foster's publications.