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Dan Dinello

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781999334024

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781999334024.001.0001

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Children of Men in an Era of Apocalyptic Anxiety

Children of Men in an Era of Apocalyptic Anxiety

(p.23) 2. Children of Men in an Era of Apocalyptic Anxiety
Children of Men

Dan Dinello

Liverpool University Press

This chapter looks at Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men in terms of one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse — Pestilence. It explains how Children of Men is described between apocalyptic and dystopian, two concepts that are often used interchangeably, but are actually different. It points out that dystopia suggests the perfection of a pernicious order, such as the rise of a dictatorial regime and oppression of minorities, while the apocalypse suggests the End-of-the-World. The chapter discusses the End-of-the-World fiction that exploded in the wake of 9/11 as it revealed breaches in security. It mentions Kirsten M. Thompson, who states that apocalypticism has a close connection to the science-fiction genre.

Keywords:   Alfonso Cuarón, Children of Men, Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Pestilence, dystopia, apocalypse, apocalypticism

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