Senior Thesis Presentation - Kayla Aronson
Date: 3:30pm PDT May 7, 2013 Location: JRHH 116
Apocalypse Then: Applying a New Theory of Apocalyptic to the Byzantine Apocalypse of Anastasia
Composed during the late tenth or early eleventh century, the Apocalypse of Anastasia is a unique Byzantine apocalyptic text. Representing a non-elite voice in Byzantine society, the text targets individuals, aiming at nothing less than complete moral reform in order to achieve salvation. My thesis aims to illustrate how, and especially why the author of Anastasia used apocalyptic to communicate this message of moral reform. I use a theory of apocalyptic developed by Professor Rob Kugler during a seminar on apocalyptic imagination taught at Lewis & Clark College in the fall of 2012. Beginning with the idea that apocalyptic is one strategy of responding to a real or perceived threat of injustice, the theory helps explain the behavior of groups in crisis. Using this framework, I argue that the author of Anastasia used apocalyptic to create its own societial epistemology through the construction of a moral map for hearers to either accept or reject, knowing full well the cosmic consequences of either decision. Anastasia thus provides an example of an apocalyptic community that promotes a homogeneous shatter zone.
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