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Nuclear Death and Radical Hope in Dawn of the Dead and On the Beach

Nick Muntean

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/9780823234462.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Mythology and Folklore

This chapter suggests that the figure of the zombie evolves to replace the mere loss of autonomy so emblematic of the voodoo zombie with a far more disturbing existential anxiety—”that one could ... More


Negotiable dissent

Tony Shaw

in Hollywood's Cold War

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748625239
eISBN:
9780748670918
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625239.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter investigates The Day the Earth Stood Still, Storm Centre and On the Beach. Each stresses an issue that caused the US government considerable political discomfort, and which filmmakers ... More


The Uses of Science Fiction

in Locating Science Fiction

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846318429
eISBN:
9781846317804
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846317804.009
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter addresses the specific question of the possible uses of science fiction (SF), especially the future story, as negative or positive predictors of possible real-world future developments. ... More


The Blob, or The Bubble

Peter Szendy

in Apocalypse-Cinema: 2012 and Other Ends of the World

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780823264803
eISBN:
9780823266845
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823264803.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter discusses how bubble structures—the blob in The Blob (Irvin Yeaworth, 1958), the hologram in Escape from L.A. (John Carpenter, 1996), the submarine in On the Beach (Stanley Kramer, ... More


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