Religion has always played a special role in the life of the United States. This has been true at Puritan times and it is still true today. The essays in Apocalypse Soon? chart the sometimes open, sometimes hidden connections between American popular culture and religion. They offer a closer look on a wide variety of cultural phenomena that reach from Puritan millennialism to George Bush's appeal to the Christian right, from Marilyn Manson's Antichrist Superstar to the Christian metal band Saviour Machine, and from TV series like Family First, Dead Like Me and Lost to Christian diet and chastity programs.
Kornelia Freitag is the Chair of American Studies at Ruhr-University Bochum. Her major areas of research are cultural and literary theory, contemporary American poetry, and ethnic literature.