Library | Reading list for “The Catastrophe of Everyday Life” Salon


The End of Meaning: Studies in Catastrophe. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012. See, in particular, chapters 12-18.

“I’m Leaving On A Jet Plane, Don’t Know When I’ll Be Back Again: Charlie Victor Romeo as Classical Tragedy.” Contemporary Theater Review 17.2 (2007), 165-180.

J. G. Ballard. The Atrocity Exhibition. San Francisco: Re/Search Publications, 1990.

Henry James. “The Beast in the Jungle.” The Better Sort. London: Methuen & Co., 1903. 139-78.

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. “Cat’s Cradle”. New York: Dell, 1963.

W. H. Auden, “Musée des Beaux Arts”


Contagion. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Warner Bros., 2011.

The Day after Tomorrow. Directed by Roland Emmerich. Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation, 2004.

The Happening. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Blinding Edge Pictures, 2008.

The Impossible. Directed by J. A. Bayona. Summit Entertainment, 2012.

The Last Wave. Directed by Peter Weir. The Australian Film Commission, 1977.


R.E.M. “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine).” Document. I.R.S. Records, 1987.


Matthew Gumpert speaking on The Catastrophe of Everyday Life