Pocket Apocalypse: American Survivalist Fiction from Walden to The Incredible Shrinking Man
Considers America’s cultural fixation on apocalypse in the face of material change, drawing connections between apocalyptic and millennialist thinking. Briefly discusses “The Big Two-Hearted River” within the context of Thoreau’s survivalist text, Walden (1854), noting similarities with physical description and experiential perspective. Draws attention to Nick’s use of the opposing adjectives good and tragic in relation to humankind’s apocalyptic condition.
Imagining Apocalypse: Studies in Cultural Crisis