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“Off the page and into your brains!”: New Millennium Zombies and the Scourge of Hopeful Apocalypses

Margo Collins and Elson Bond

in Better Off Dead: The Evolution of the Zombie as Post-Human

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780823234462
eISBN:
9780823241255
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823234462.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Mythology and Folklore

This chapter probes the depiction of zombies in such contemporary novels as World War Z, Zombie Haiku, and the revisionist classic Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Authors Margo Collins and Elson ... More


Zombies, Migrants, and Queers: Race and Crisis Capitalism in Pop Culture

Camilla Fojas

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780252040924
eISBN:
9780252099441
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040924.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

The alarm and anxiety unleashed by the Great Recession found fascinating expression across popular culture. Harried survivors negotiated societal collapse among zombies in The Walking Dead. ... More


“They are not men … they are dead bodies”: From Cannibal to Zombie and Back Again

Chera Kee

in Better Off Dead: The Evolution of the Zombie as Post-Human

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780823234462
eISBN:
9780823241255
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823234462.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Mythology and Folklore

This chapter investigates the earliest wave of zombie cinema, and the original mythology that transmitted the zombie to mainstream consciousness around the time of the U.S. occupation of Haiti. ... More


Zombie Movies and the “Millennial Generation”

Peter Dendle

in Better Off Dead: The Evolution of the Zombie as Post-Human

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780823234462
eISBN:
9780823241255
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823234462.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Mythology and Folklore

This chapter takes up some of the zombie's most pressing genre concerns. In the main, the chapter describes the recent controversy over delimitation of the category of the zombie, as filmmakers have ... More


Playing Dead: Zombies Invade Performance Art … and Your Neighborhood

Sarah Juliet Lauro

in Better Off Dead: The Evolution of the Zombie as Post-Human

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780823234462
eISBN:
9780823241255
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823234462.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, Mythology and Folklore

This chapter presents first-hand research of the zombie subculture that is usually termed the zombie walk or zombie mob phenomenon, including descriptions of experiences at these events, where people ... More


Better Off Dead: The Evolution of the Zombie as Post-Human

Deborah Christie and Sarah Juliet Lauro (eds)

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780823234462
eISBN:
9780823241255
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823234462.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Mythology and Folklore

The zombie is ubiquitous in popular culture: from comic books to video games, to internet applications and homemade films, zombies are all around us. Investigating the zombie from an ... More


“We are the mirror of your fears”: Haitian Identity and Zombification

Franck Degoul

in Better Off Dead: The Evolution of the Zombie as Post-Human

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780823234462
eISBN:
9780823241255
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823234462.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Mythology and Folklore

This chapter presents findings of fieldwork, conducted in Haiti from 2001 to 2003, on the contemporary folklore of the phenomenon of zombification. The chapter illustrates that the myth of the zombie ... More


Undead Radio: Zombies and the Living Dead on 1930s and 1940s Radio Drama

Richard Hand

in Better Off Dead: The Evolution of the Zombie as Post-Human

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780823234462
eISBN:
9780823241255
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823234462.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Mythology and Folklore

This chapter looks at a largely overlooked trove of zombie stories, those that were played on the air in the early days of horror radio. The chapter sketches an overview of the history of ... More


The Zombie as Other: Mortality and the Monstrous in the Post-Nuclear Age

Kevin Boon

in Better Off Dead: The Evolution of the Zombie as Post-Human

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780823234462
eISBN:
9780823241255
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823234462.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Mythology and Folklore

This chapter ties the zombie's African spirituality to the existential crisis that the living dead often embodies in contemporary narratives. The chapter begins by providing some useful history on ... More


A Dead New World: Richard Matheson and the Modern Zombie

Deborah Christie

in Better Off Dead: The Evolution of the Zombie as Post-Human

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780823234462
eISBN:
9780823241255
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823234462.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Mythology and Folklore

This chapter traces the modern image of zombies back to Richard Matheson's 1954 novella, I Am Legend, and George Romero's 1968 film Night of the Living Dead. The chapter argues that because readers ... More


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