The Christian Humanist iPod Broadcast, Episode #63: Apocalypses

General Introduction
– Welcome to November, from October
– Michial’s one-man war on portmanteaux
– Buy our mugs! (I mean energy, not internet—we record early in the morning)
– Listener mail from a stranger
– Mad Dog! Mad Dog! Mad Dog!
– English accents
– What’s on the web log?

Defining the Apocalyptic
– Apocalyptic and prophetic
– The end as the beginning
– Post-apocalyptic as the really important thing
– Refuting Mad Max
– The prophetic voice and the unveiling

Biblical Apocalypse
– Prophecy or apocalypse?
– And apocryphal apocalypse
– Visionary, narrative, and eschatological
– Christ or violence

Apocalypse in the Ancient Near East
– Prophecy but not apocalypse
– Cyclical time
– The importance of monotheism
– Cyrus plays the system
– Zoroastrian apocalypse

Literary Apocalypses
– Dante gets the date wrong
– Ragnarok kills off the gods
– Giving Norse mythology a happy ending
– The Red Crosse Knight in the House of Holiness
– Dem bones rise up against Henry V
– Eliot and Yeats and how we misread them
– The modern American apocalyptic novel

Songs About the End of the World
– “The End”
– “Gimme Shelter”
– “Four Winds”

Final Thoughts
– Don’t get too hung up on interpretation
– Pay attention to literary form
– What comes after the end? . . .

Ciuba, Gary. Walker Percy: Books of Revelations. Athens, GA: 1991.

Collins, John J. The Apocalyptic Imagination: An Introduction to Jewish Apocalyptic Literature. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1998.

Dante. Purgatory. Trans. Mark Musa. New York: Penguin, 1985.

DeLillo, Don. White Noise. New York: Penguin, 2009.

Eliot, T.S. Collected Poems, 1909-1962. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1991.

Frost, Robert. The Poetry of Robert Frost: The Collected Poems, Complete and Unabridged. New York: Henry Holt, 1969.

Milosz, Czeslaw. New and Collected Poems, 1931-2001. New York: Ecco, 2003.

Nietzsche, Friedrich. Thus Spake Zarathustra. Trans. Walter Kaufmann. New York: Penguin, 1978.

Percy, Walker. The Last Gentleman. New York: Picador, 1999.

—. Love in the Ruins: The Adventures of a Bad Catholic at a Time Near the End of the World. New York: Picador, 1999.

Ragnarok: The End of the Gods. Trans. A.S. Byatt. New York: Grove Press, 2012.

Shakespeare, William. King Henry V. London: Arden, 1995.

Shteyngart, Gary. Super Sad True Love Story. New York: Random House, 2011.

Spenser, Edmund. The Faerie Queene. New York: Longman, 2006.

Sturluson, Snorri. The Prose Edda: Norse Mythology. Trans. Jesse L. Byock. New York: Penguin, 2006.

Yeats, W.B. The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats. New York: Scribner, 1996.

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