A CLOSER LOOK AT THE SUBVERSION OF RELIGIOUS, HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL TROPES UNDER THE POSTAPOCALYPTIC PARADIGM IN STATION ELEVEN AND THE BOOK OF JOAN

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The article endeavors to show how in post-apocalyptic fiction the traditional religious,
historical and cultural tropes can prove to be powerful enough to capture and embody the
enormously complex and extremely ambiguous worldview of the narrative. Despite most such
ideas of the past getting gradually bracketed, effaced and relegated to the background the
traditional cultural religious and literary tropes often continue to exert significant influence on
even a post-apocalyptic world thus refusing to function as mere storehouse of simulacra or images,
devoid of any meaningful referent. The main idea that I have adopted for the purpose of present
analysis is Fredric Jameson’s ‘pastiche’ or blank parody as mentioned in his
Postmodernism, or,
the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism
(1991). The two novels undertaken for the study are Station
Eleven
(2014) by Emily St. John Mandel and The Book of Joan (2017) by Lidia Yuknavitch. The open, undecided and indeterminate future in a post-apocalyptic world demands the construction of

a post-binaristic, post-dualistic, ambiguous and amorphous framework where the referents and
historico-cultural tropes of the past would no longer provide an adequate support to the
overwhelming complexity of the newly emerging world.

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APA

Patra, I. (2021). A CLOSER LOOK AT THE SUBVERSION OF RELIGIOUS, HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL TROPES UNDER THE POSTAPOCALYPTIC PARADIGM IN STATION ELEVEN AND THE BOOK OF JOAN. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/a-closer-look-at-the-subversion-of-religious-historical-and-cultural-tropes-under-the-postapocalyptic-paradigm-in-station-eleven-and-the-book-of-joan

MLA 8th

Patra, Indrajit "A CLOSER LOOK AT THE SUBVERSION OF RELIGIOUS, HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL TROPES UNDER THE POSTAPOCALYPTIC PARADIGM IN STATION ELEVEN AND THE BOOK OF JOAN" Afribary. Afribary, 15 Jun. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/a-closer-look-at-the-subversion-of-religious-historical-and-cultural-tropes-under-the-postapocalyptic-paradigm-in-station-eleven-and-the-book-of-joan. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

MLA7

Patra, Indrajit . "A CLOSER LOOK AT THE SUBVERSION OF RELIGIOUS, HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL TROPES UNDER THE POSTAPOCALYPTIC PARADIGM IN STATION ELEVEN AND THE BOOK OF JOAN". Afribary, Afribary, 15 Jun. 2021. Web. 28 Oct. 2021. < https://afribary.com/works/a-closer-look-at-the-subversion-of-religious-historical-and-cultural-tropes-under-the-postapocalyptic-paradigm-in-station-eleven-and-the-book-of-joan >.

Chicago

Patra, Indrajit . "A CLOSER LOOK AT THE SUBVERSION OF RELIGIOUS, HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL TROPES UNDER THE POSTAPOCALYPTIC PARADIGM IN STATION ELEVEN AND THE BOOK OF JOAN" Afribary (2021). Accessed October 28, 2021. https://afribary.com/works/a-closer-look-at-the-subversion-of-religious-historical-and-cultural-tropes-under-the-postapocalyptic-paradigm-in-station-eleven-and-the-book-of-joan