There has been plenty of apocalyptism in some quarters, to be sure.
On the side of religious apocalyptism, this limitableness clearly owes a good deal to larger organizations' recognition that precise dating comports poorly with the need to maintain a membership base: so far, dramatic predictions of radical upheaval have come only from groups small enough to allow for outright journalistic dismissal.
In making their case for the intensity of millennial anxieties, several of Falk's fellow contributors assert that apocalyptism has been intensified by the prospect of nuclear destruction, but Falk rightly points out that because the events of 1989 weakened this fear, the 1990s have been marked more authentically by a post-apocalyptic sensibility--not a belief that apocalypse has occurred, but a mistaken and dangerous belief that the nuclear threat has been eliminated.
Inter alia, it was anarchism, nihilism, apocalyptism, imperialism, masculinism, psychologism, skepticism, and primitivism: The list goes on, swelling in that sharply worded phantasmagoria we call literary history, collapsing any simplifying hierarchy but nonetheless swallowing up the slim contingent of Victorian hopefulnesses we know by the names liberalism, humanism, and progressivism.
Such an image of modernist apocalyptism is itself apocalyptic, and this essay, like several other recent studies of modernism, is devoted to challenging it.
Morality, the State and the Epistemology of Apocalyptism
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That Forster more particularly belongs to the tradition of modernist apocalyptism, a tradition which includes T.
In the large context of modernist apocalyptism "squalor" itself takes on apocalyptic suggestiveness and thereby justifies Forster's (and Margaret's) later decision to thicken, epigrammatize, even capitalize it (before it assumes capital letters in Margaret's climactic utterance it appears repeatedly uncapitalized).
For an account of the modernist apocalyptist's critique of their own apocalyptism, see Longenbach (844).