Thanks for your reply. I haven't been here for quite a while. Well, I have chosen three books for the analytic part of my paper and they are: A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller (it's a class PA book, and a highly acclaimed one too), The Postman by David Brin (turned into a movie starring Kevin Costner) and The Road by Cormac McCarthy (won Pulizer Prize in 2007 if I'm not mistaken).
Anyway, I have almost completed the first chapter of my thesis and now I'd like to start chapter two, but here I've encountered some major obstacles. My thesis supervisor advised be to deal with the concept of 'sublime' and it's apocalyptic dimension. I've read some Longinus', Burke's and Kant's works on the subject of sublime and it doesn't help much, certainly it's not enough.
Here's the question that me and my supervisor have developed. The question embraces the whole work. "In what way the rhetoric of canonical works of post-apocalyptic fiction at the turn of the 20th and 21st centuries reflects changes in poetic imagination in the context of apprehension of terminal end - against the background of pre-eminent philosophical and aesthetic ideas of the discussed period?"
To be honest it's a bit overwhelming... I don't think I'm capable of answering such a profound question (in such a short time that I've got left)
Any insights are more than welcome... Thanks!
PS. There're more things I'd like to discuss with you, and more questions to sub-chapters but I don't wanna sort of deluge you with them.