Zombie Culture: Autopsies of the Living Deadby Shawn McIntosh
Pub. Date: 02/15/2008
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Why have zombies resonated so pervasively in the popular imagination and in media, especially films? Why have they proved to be one of the most versatile and popular monster types in the growing video game industry? What makes zombies such widespread symbols of horror and dread, and how have portrayals of zombies in movies changed and evolved to fit contemporary
Why have zombies resonated so pervasively in the popular imagination and in media, especially films? Why have they proved to be one of the most versatile and popular monster types in the growing video game industry? What makes zombies such widespread symbols of horror and dread, and how have portrayals of zombies in movies changed and evolved to fit contemporary fears, anxieties, and social issues?
Throughout most of the twentieth century, zombies have held a unique place in film and popular culture. This enduring monster type originated in non-European folk culture, rather than the Gothic tradition from which monsters like vampires and werewolves have emerged. In many ways, zombies have superseded Gothic monsters in popular entertainment and the public imagination, as they have increasingly been used in discussions ranging from the philosophy of mind to computer lingo to the business press.
In Zombie Culture: Autopsies of the Living Dead scholars from a variety of fields, including cinema studies, popular culture, and video game studies, examine the living dead through a variety of lenses. By looking at how portrayals of zombies have evolved from their folkloric roots and entered popular Western culture, readers will gain deeper insight into what zombies mean in terms of the public psyche, how they represent societal fears, and how their evolving portrayals continue to reflect underlying beliefs of The Other, contagion, and death.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Giving the Living Dead Their Due Marc Leverette Shawn McIntosh vii
The Evolution of the Zombie: The Monster That Keeps Coming Back Shawn McIntosh 1
The Folklore of the Zombie Film Mikel J. Koven 19
Zombie Splatter Comedy from Dawn to Shaun: Cannibal Carnivalesque Linda Badley 35
Vita, Amore, e Morte-and Lots of Gore: The Italian Zombie Film Brad O'Brien 55
The Space of Apocalypse in Zombie Cinema David Pagano 71
Zombies without Organs: Gender, Flesh, and Fissure Patricia MacCormack 87
Cannibalizing Gender and Genre: A Feminist Re-Vision of George Romero's Zombie Films Natasha Patterson 103
Hybridity and Post-Human Anxiety in 28 Days Later Martin Rogers 119
Can't Sleep When You're Dead: Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll, and the Undead in Psychobilly Annelise Sklar 135
Zombies in Gamespace: Form, Context, and Meaning in Zombie-Based Video Games Tanya Krzywinska 153
"Now I'm Feeling Zombified": Playing the Zombie Online Ron Scott 169
The Funk of Forty Thousand Years; or, How the (Un)Dead Get Their Groove On Marc Leverette 185
About the Contributors 239
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