More Than Ruins: (Post-)Apocalyptic Places in Media

  • Felix Kirschbacher


In the last 15 years there has been a multitude of post-apocalyptic films projecting the long term implications of an apocalyptic disaster. The design and use of settings of landscapes, settlements, and waters freed of human beings are remarkably similar in choice and style: vast wastelands, ruins of landmarks, and overgrown cities reminding of the once enormous impact of humanity on earth while simultaneously stressing its perishability and nature’s ‘revenge’. In this chapter, I discuss the aesthetics and (narrative) functions of land- and urbanscapes in post-apocalyptic media, investigate tendencies in their composition overlapping individual productions and media (also including web series, documentaries, and reality TV shows), and thus demonstrate the creation, nature, effects, and functions of post-apocalyptic ruins, wastelands, and other settings across media.


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  • Felix Kirschbacher
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  1. 1.University of MannheimMannheimGermany

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