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Past Lives: Memory and the Meaning of Work in The Walking Dead

Michele Fazio

in Working-Class Comic Book Heroes: Class Conflict and Populist Politics in Comics

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781496816641
eISBN:
9781496816689
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496816641.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

In Robert Kirkman’s graphic narrative The Walking Dead, the zombie apocalypse acts an equalizing force, bringing together disparate groups of survivors from all walks of life, who join forces to ... More


The Apocalyptic Strain in Popular Culture: The American Nightmare Becomes the American Dream

Paul A. Cantor

in Pop Culture and the Dark Side of the American Dream: Con Men, Gangsters, Drug Lords, and Zombies

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780813177304
eISBN:
9780813177311
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813177304.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter seeks to explain the popularity of grim shows like the zombie narrative The Walking Dead, which seem to delight in portraying the destruction of the world as we know it. The Walking Dead ... More


The Walking Dead and the Never-Ending Zombie Story: The Everyday, Community, and the Need for an Ending1

Tim Lanzendörfer

in Books of the Dead: Reading the Zombie in Contemporary Literature

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781496819062
eISBN:
9781496819109
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496819062.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter reads The Walking Dead through its creator Robert Kirkman’s contention that it is the “zombie movie that never ends.” Drawing on Eran Dorfman’s notion of the everyday in modern life and ... More


Spiritual Desires: Sin, Suffering, Death, and Salvation in Dead Man Walking (1995)

Maureen Sabine

in Veiled Desires: Intimate Portrayals of Nuns in Postwar Anglo-American Film

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780823251650
eISBN:
9780823253043
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251650.003.0007
Subject:
History, History of Religion

Chapter 6 pursues Freud's view of a dramatic struggle between eros as the preserver of life and thanatos as the drive toward destruction and death, and describes how this struggle is played out in ... More


Pericles, Cincinnatus, and Zombies: Classicizing Nostalgia in The Walking Dead (2010–)

Laura Gawlinski

in Screening the Golden Ages of the Classical Tradition

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781474440844
eISBN:
9781474460279
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474440844.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

In the third of three chapters examining Athens’ golden-age legacy, Gawlinski discusses how the “flu episodes” of The Walking Dead’s fourth season re-animate a highly influential classical plague ... More


Reel Violence: Popular Culture and Concerns about Capital Punishment in Contemporary American Society

Roberta M Harding

in Law and Popular Culture

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780199272235
eISBN:
9780191699603
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272235.003.0021
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter examines how popular culture might have contributed towards the shift in the public's attitude towards death penalty sentencing and execution patterns in the United States. It analyses ... 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


Monster Stories/Storied Monsters

Adam Charles Hart

in Monstrous Forms: Moving Image Horror Across Media

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780190916237
eISBN:
9780190916275
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190916237.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This final chapter continues the discussion of monsters by engaging with the writings of Robin Wood, who theorized monsters as fundamentally ambivalent figures who allow us to envision alternatives ... More


Pop Culture and the Dark Side of the American Dream: Con Men, Gangsters, Drug Lords, and Zombies

Paul A. Cantor

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780813177304
eISBN:
9780813177311
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813177304.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

What is the American dream, and why has it proven so elusive for many people? By examining popular culture’s portrayal of the dark side of the American dream, this book seeks to answer these ... More


Sacrificing Humans: An Empire of Sacrifice from Mary Dyer to Dead Man Walking

Jon Pahl

in Empire of Sacrifice: The Religious Origins of American Violence

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814767627
eISBN:
9780814768440
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814767627.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter presents a case study that highlights the intersections of religion with nation-building, race, and gender in an example from early America: the execution of four Quakers on the Boston ... More


Shock Therapy: The Rehabilitation of Capital Punishment

Daniel LaChance

in Executing Freedom: The Cultural Life of Capital Punishment in the United States

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226066691
eISBN:
9780226066721
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226066721.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

In the 1980s and 1990s, as death row populations were rising considerably and executions were becoming an increasingly regular occurrence, fictional films about the death penalty became an important ... More


Monsters, and the Viewers Who Love Them

Adam Charles Hart

in Monstrous Forms: Moving Image Horror Across Media

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780190916237
eISBN:
9780190916275
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190916237.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter focuses on horror that prioritizes narrative over sensation to work through why the themes of horror hold fascination for viewers and gamers when not paired with visceral affective ... More


New Abolitionist Voices in the 1990s

Jeffrey L. Kirchmeier

in Imprisoned by the Past: Warren McCleskey and the American Death Penalty

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780199967933
eISBN:
9780190225612
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199967933.003.0019
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

This chapter examines how many new voices spoke out against capital punishment starting in the 1990s. After Warren McCleskey’s case revealed that the death penalty would not be abolished through a ... More


The Reason Why

Alan K. Rode

in Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780813173917
eISBN:
9780813174808
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813173917.003.0018
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Curtiz was assigned a horror programmer, The Walking Dead, that he turned into a highly credible film.This picture beganhis association with Irving Rapper as a dialogue director. Rapper became a ... More


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