Zombies Are Us Essays on the Humanity of the Walking Dead

ISBN-10: 0786459123
ISBN-13: 9780786459124
Edition: 2011
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Description: On the surface, the zombie seems the polar opposite of the human--they are the living dead; we, in essence, are the dying alive. But the zombie is also "us." Although decaying, it looks like us, dresses like us, and sometimes (if rarely) acts like  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 9/21/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 228
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

On the surface, the zombie seems the polar opposite of the human--they are the living dead; we, in essence, are the dying alive. But the zombie is also "us." Although decaying, it looks like us, dresses like us, and sometimes (if rarely) acts like us. In this volume, essays by scholars from a range of disciplines examine the zombie as a thematic presence in literature, film, video games, legal language, and philosophy, exploring topics including zombies and the environment, litigation, the afterlife, capitalism, and the erotic. Through this wide-ranging examination of the zombie phenomenon, the authors seek to discover what the zombie can teach us about being human.

Christopher Moreman is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy, California State University, East Bay, USA.

Acknowledgments
Introduction-They're Us: Zombies, Humans/Humans, Zombies
The Zombie in Humanity
Your Zombie and You: Identity, Emotion, and the Undead
Rave from the Grave: Dark Trance and the Return of the Dead
Porn of the Dead: Necrophilia, Feminism, and Gendering the Undead
Modern Zombie Makers: Enacting the Ancient Impulse to Control and Possess Another
"Corporate Zombies" and the Perils of "Zombie Litigation": The Walking Dead in American Judicial Writing
Zombies in the Sacred
The Living Word Among the Living Dead: Hunting for Zombies in the Pages of the Bible
Religion, Blasphemy, and Tradition in the Films of Lucio Fulci
The Mutated Spirit: The Hollywood Zombie as Psychopomp
Dharma of the Living Dead: A Buddhist Meditation on the Zombie
Zombies into the Future
Digital Dead: Translating the Visceral and Satirical Elements of George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead to Videogames
How the Zombie Changed Videogames
Undead Is the New Green: Zombies and Political Ecology
Plans Are Pointless; Staying Alive Is as Good as It Gets: Zombie Sociology and the Politics of Survival
Bibliography
Filmography
Video Games and Discography
About the Contributors
Index

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