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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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Imitations of Life: Zombies and the Suburban Gothic

Imitations of Life: Zombies and the Suburban Gothic

(p.116) Chapter 8 Imitations of Life: Zombies and the Suburban Gothic
Better Off Dead

Bernice Murphy

Fordham University Press

This next chapter probes into the very heart of conformity—suburbia—and connects this impulse to the developing arc of zombie narratives. The chapter mines both Fido and The Stepford Wives for the depersonalizing forces of suburbia and traces its connection to both the post-human and the zombie. It argues that the sterilizing effects of repetitive standardization and mimicry have found their way off the drive-in screens and into the handheld technology that comes standard on most teenage human models, representing the shift from an era of “pod” people to one of “iPod” people.

Keywords:   suburbia, suburban, gothic, zombie, ZomCom, Fido, Stepford Wives, Levittown, feminism

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