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

Deborah Christie and Sarah Juliet Lauro

Abstract

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 interdisciplinary perspective, with an emphasis on deep analytical engagement with diverse kinds of texts, this book addresses some of the more unlikely venues where zombies are found while providing the reader with a classic overview of the zombie's folkloric and cinematic history. What has the zombie metaphor meant in the past? Why does it continue to be so prevalent in our culture? Where others have looked at t ... More

Keywords: zombie, horror film, popular culture, post human, media, apocalypse, undead, Walking Dead

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780823234462
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823234462.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Deborah Christie, editor
Colorado Technical University

Sarah Juliet Lauro, editor
Department of English, University of California, Davis

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Introduction

Sarah Juliet Lauro, and Deborah Christie

Afterword: Zombie (R)evolution

Sarah Juliet Lauro