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Better Off DeadThe Evolution of the Zombie as Post-Human$
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Deborah Christie and Sarah Juliet Lauro

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823234462

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823234462.001.0001

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

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

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(p.187) Chapter 12 “Off the page and into your brains!”: New Millennium Zombies and the Scourge of Hopeful Apocalypses
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Better Off Dead
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Margo Collins

Elson Bond

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823234462.003.0013

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 Bond argue that the zombie is uniquely appealing to today's technologically savvy, fast-paced generation and, as such, can serve as a mirror for some of Generation Y's values and notions of identity. New millennium zombie-ism demonstrates an apparent divergence into what initially appears to be two distinct categories: zombie-as-comedy and zombie-as-threat, but as the chapter argues, time and again those two categories overlap in intriguing and symbolic ways. Ultimately, depictions of both kinds of zombies come to function as monstrous placeholders for potentially dangerous human interactions in an anomic society. Accustomed to instant communication with virtual strangers, insulated from the natural world and dependent on fragile transportation, communication, and power networks, millennial audiences have good reason to fear the chaotic anonymity of zombies.

Keywords:   Generation Y, new millennial, zombie, World War Z, zombie comedy, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Zombie Survival Guide

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