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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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Lucio Fulci and the Decaying Definition of Zombie Narratives

Lucio Fulci and the Decaying Definition of Zombie Narratives

(p.98) Chapter 7 Lucio Fulci and the Decaying Definition of Zombie Narratives
Better Off Dead

Steven Zani

Kevin Meaux

Fordham University Press

This chapter addresses the dynamic variations of zombie genesis as represented in the films of Lucio Fulci arguing that the very multiplicity of origins renders the origin immaterial. Rather, it argues, these zombie narratives focus our attention on the failure of social institutions and the cannibalistic nature of human interactions. By demonstrating the remarkable consistencies to be found between historical and literary accounts of plague outbreaks, like Boccaccio's The Decameron and Defoe's A Journal of the Plague Year, and the more contemporary zombie scourges exemplified in Fulci's films, this chapter challenges the concept of causality as an imperative factor in apocalyptic narrative.

Keywords:   Fulci, horror film, zombie, Boccaccio, Daniel Dafoe, plague, Apocalypse

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