Melancholia’s End

  • Timothy Holland


Through an examination of the planetary disaster organizing Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia, this essay probes both the stakes of depicting the end of the world and the competency of those in the humanities to undertake such analysis. At bottom, the following draws on Jacques Derrida’s 1984 “No Apocalypse, Not Now (Full Speed Ahead, Seven Missiles, Seven Missives),” as well as more contemporary discussions of Melancholia, in order to accentuate the singularity of the film’s ending, the “necessary” fictional status of the total apocalypse, and the capacity of those who study the expansive literary archive to engage with “real-world” matters.


Apocalypse Jacques Derrida Cinema studies The humanities Melancholia Lars von Trier 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Timothy Holland
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  1. 1.Department of Film and Media StudiesEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA

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