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Better off Dead The Evolution of the Zombie As Post-Human

ISBN-10: 0823234479
ISBN-13: 9780823234479
Edition: 2011
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: lFordham University Press
Publication date: 9/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

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, Better Off Dead 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 the zombie as an allegory for humanity's inner machinations or claimed the zombie as capitalist critique, this collection seeks to provide an archaeology of the zombie-tracing its lineage from Haiti, mapping its various cultural transformations, and suggesting the post-humanist direction in which the zombie is ultimately heading.Approaching the zombie from many different points of view, the contributors look across history and across media. Though they represent various theoretical perspectives, the whole makes a cohesive argument: The zombie has not just evolved within narratives; it has evolved in a way that transforms narrative. This collectionannounces a new post-zombie, even before the boundaries of this rich and mysterious myth have been completely charted.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
And the Dead Shall Rise Part introduction
"They are not men ... they are dead bodies": From Cannibal to Zombie and Back Again
"We are the mirror of your fears": Haitian Identity and Zombification
Undead Radio: Zombies and the Living Dead on 1930s and 1940s Radio Drama
The Zombie as Other: Mortality and the Monstrous in the Post-Nuclear Age
And the Dead Shall Walk Part introduction
A Dead New World: Richard Matheson and the Modern Zombie
Nuclear Death and Radical Hope in Dawn of the Dead and On the Beach
Lucio Fulci and the Decaying Definition of Zombie Narratives
Imitations of Life: Zombies and the Suburban Gothic
All Dark Inside: Dehumanization and Zombification in Postmodern Cinema
And the Dead Shall Inherit the Earth Part introduction
Slacker Bites Back: Sbaun of the Dead Finds New Life for Deadbeats
Zombie Movies and the "Millennial Generation"
"Off the page and into your brains!": New Millennium Zombies and the Scourge of Hopeful Apocalypses
Playing Dead: Zombies Invade Performance Art and Your Neighborhood
Afterword: Zombie (R)evolution
Notes
Selected Bibliography
List of Contributors
Index

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