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Writing the Rapture: Prophecy Fiction in Evangelical America

Crawford Gribben


This book describes the literary tradition that has produced Left Behind—the best-selling fiction series in the most powerful nation in the history of the world. The Left Behind novels and other evangelical prophecy novels focus on events that many believers expect to occur at the end of the age—the rapture, the tribulation, the rise of the Antichrist, and the terrible dangers faced by those “left behind.” These novels have emerged from a growing conservative culture industry to complicate the narrative of American modernity. Prophecy novels may have dominated American best-seller lists throu ... More

Keywords: Left Behind, rapture, tribulation, Antichrist, best-seller, modernity, evangelical, fundamentalist, Protestant

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195326604
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326604.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Crawford Gribben, author
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
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