Writing the Rapture: Prophecy Fiction in Evangelical America

Hardcover | February 2, 2009

byCrawford Gribben

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In this book Crawford Gribben offers the only full-length history, description, and analysis of the rapture-novel genre. The late 1980s, which saw a renaissance of the evangelical imagination, culminated in the creation of the Left Behind series, co-authored by Tim La Haye and Jerry B.Jenkins. The novels in this series, Gribben shows, are astonishingly derivative -- borrowing entire characters and significant incidents from earlier books. Analyzing the unexpected publishing success of the Left Behind novels, he characterizes the series as a barometer of evangelical popularopinion.

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In this book Crawford Gribben offers the only full-length history, description, and analysis of the rapture-novel genre. The late 1980s, which saw a renaissance of the evangelical imagination, culminated in the creation of the Left Behind series, co-authored by Tim La Haye and Jerry B.Jenkins. The novels in this series, Gribben shows, ...

Crawford Gribben is Long Room Hub Senior Lecturer in Early Modern Print Culture at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:February 2, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195326601

ISBN - 13:9780195326604

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"Gribben provides rich analytical context in this compelling and a much-needed historical look at prophecy fiction. Writing the Rapture brings both the popular and trans-Atlantic side of the history of dispensationalism to life."--Amy Frykholm, author of Rapture Culture: Left Behind in Evangelical America "Crawford Gribben has accomplished an unusual feat in this fine book: he has shown why apparently "ephemeral" literature should be taken seriously and why doing so allows for very serious reflection on American religious history in general. Gribben, from Ireland, has written wisely and well on a profoundly American phenomenon." --Mark Noll, Professor of History, University of Notre Dame "How have novels depicting the end times become so popular in contemporary America? Crawford Gribben analyses the process, carefully and sympathetically, in terms of the changing evangelical perceptions of the twentieth century." --David Bebbington, Professor of History, University of Stirling.