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By Dominic Pettman

ISBN-10: 0585476136

ISBN-13: 9780585476131

ISBN-10: 0791453952

ISBN-13: 9780791453957

Making use of Jean Baudrillard’s query ’What are you doing after the orgy?’ to the postmillennial weather that informs our modern cultural second, this booklet argues that the mind's eye of apocalyptic endings has been an obsessive topic in post-Enlightenment tradition. Dominic Pettman identifies and examines the dynamic tensions of varied apocalyptic discourses, from the fin-de-siècle decadents of the Nineties to the fin-de-millènnium cyberpunks of the Nineteen Nineties, so that it will spotlight the advanced constellation of exhaustion, anticipation, panic, and ecstasy in modern tradition. via analyses of rapturous cults, cyberpunk literature, post-apocalyptic cinema, techno-paganism, demise style, and the Y2K prophecy, After the Orgy explores why the 20 th century swung so violently among the poles of anticipation and anticlimax. within the method, the booklet increases urgent questions about the relevance of such rules in our new millennium and issues out possible choices to the monotonous horror of conventional narratives.

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Pan, as ruler of nature ‘in here,’ dominates sexual and panic reactions, and is located in these extremes” (27—my emphasis). In the 1960s, when the sexual revolution cannot be distinguished from the fear of nuclear Armageddon (as I shall argue in chapter 5), the iconic resurgence of Pan signaled uneasy anxiousness as well as hedonistic promiscuity. Because “anxiety and desire are twin nuclei of the Pan archetype” (31), it is impossible to determine which is cause and which is effect. Symbolizing the paroxysm of erotic fear, Pan is the quintessential figure of libidinal millenarianism.

Indeed, as I write, there is a World Wide Website known as “Pan’s Online Grove”: dedicated to literary works inspired by the horny one, it also sells T-shirts imprinted with his image. Thus Pan has left the hidden spaces of both the forest and the psyche in order to inhabit the shadows of cyberspace. Michel Maffesoli has thought long and hard about the legacy of Pan and its relation to both technology and sexuality. In The Time of the Tribes (1996), he continues to work self-consciously within “the Dionysian thematic,” celebrating the “panvitalism” of the people.

To seduce or subjugate whom, intimidate or make whom come? These effects and these benefits can be related to an individual or collective, conscious or unconscious speculation. They can be analyzed in terms of libidinal or political mastery, with all the differential relays and thus all the economic paradoxes that overdetermine the idea of power or mastery and sometimes drag them into the abyss. (23) 16 Introduction In revealing the innuendo concealed in one of prophecy’s keywords—come—Derrida inspires my own attempt to conduct a libidinal analysis of the political amplifications of apocalyptic thought (or, alternatively, a political analysis of the libidinal amplifications of apocalyptic thought).

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