Zombies

Zombies

Luckhurst follows a trail that leads from the nineteenth-century Caribbean, through American pulp fiction of the 1920s, to the middle of the twentieth century, when zombies swarmed comic books and movie screens.

Author: Roger Luckhurst

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 9781780235646

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 176

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Add a gurgling moan with the sound of dragging feet and a smell of decay and what do you get? Better not find out. The zombie has roamed with dead-eyed menace from its beginnings in obscure folklore and superstition to global status today, the star of films such as 28 Days Later, World War Z, and the outrageously successful comic book, TV series, and video game—The Walking Dead. In this brain-gripping history, Roger Luckhurst traces the permutations of the zombie through our culture and imaginations, examining the undead’s ability to remain defiantly alive. Luckhurst follows a trail that leads from the nineteenth-century Caribbean, through American pulp fiction of the 1920s, to the middle of the twentieth century, when zombies swarmed comic books and movie screens. From there he follows the zombie around the world, tracing the vectors of its infectious global spread from France to Australia, Brazil to Japan. Stitching together materials from anthropology, folklore, travel writings, colonial histories, popular literature and cinema, medical history, and cultural theory, Zombies is the definitive short introduction to these restless pulp monsters.
Categories: Performing Arts

Zombie Talk

Zombie Talk

Zombie Talk offers a concise, interdisciplinary introduction and deep analytical set of theoretical approaches to help readers understand the phenomenon of zombies in contemporary and modern culture.

Author: John Edgar Browning

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137567727

Category: Social Science

Page: 129

View: 126

Zombie Talk offers a concise, interdisciplinary introduction and deep analytical set of theoretical approaches to help readers understand the phenomenon of zombies in contemporary and modern culture. With essays that combine Humanities and Social Science methodologies, the authors examine the zombie through an array of cultural products from different periods and geographical locations: films ranging from White Zombie (1932) to the pioneering films of George Romero, television shows like AMC's The Walking Dead, to literary offerings such as Richard Matheson's I am Legend (1954) and Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride, Prejudice and Zombies (2009), among others.
Categories: Social Science

Zombie History

Zombie History

Zombie history is almost impossible to kill. Some Zombie history was and is political, a genre of what Hannah Arendt called “organizational lying” about the past.

Author: Peter Charles Hoffer

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472054527

Category: History

Page: 203

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Fake history is not a harmless mistake of fact or interpretation. It is a mistake that conceals prejudice; a mistake that discriminates against certain kinds of people; a mistake held despite a preponderance of evidence; a mistake that harms us. Fake history is like the Zombies we see in mass media, for the fake fact, like the fictional Zombie, lives by turning real events and people into monstrous perversions of fact and interpretation. Its pervasiveness reveals that prejudice remains its chief appeal to those who believe it. Its effect is insidious, because we cannot or will not destroy those mischievous lies. Zombie history is almost impossible to kill. Some Zombie history was and is political, a genre of what Hannah Arendt called “organizational lying” about the past. Its makers designed the Zombie to create a basis in the false past for particular discriminatory policies. Other history Zombies are cultural. They encapsulate and empower prejudice and stereotyping. Still other popular history Zombies do not look disfigured, but like Zombies walk among us without our realizing how devastating their impact can be. Zombie History argues that, whatever their purpose, whatever the venue in which they appear, history Zombies undermine the very foundations of disinterested study of the past.
Categories: History

Science Fiction

Science Fiction

This book combines discussion of central figures of the tradition with a new global reach.

Author: Roger Luckhurst

Publisher:

ISBN: 0712356924

Category: Science fiction

Page: 256

View: 833

Science fiction (SF) has existed as a popular genre for around 150 years. This book offers a survey of the genre from nineteenth-century pioneers to contemporary authors, introducing the plural versions of early SF across the world, before examining the emergence of the 'scientific romance' in the 1880s and 1890s. The 'Golden Age' of writers' expansive SF pulp was concentrated in the 1930s, consolidated by best-selling writers like Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein. The contributors to this volume also track the increasingly diverse forms SF took from the 1950s onwards. Leading international scholars, writing in an accessible style, consider SF as a 'world' literature, referencing works from diverse traditions in Latin America, Europe, Russia and the Far East. This book combines discussion of central figures of the tradition with a new global reach.
Categories: Science fiction

Zombies in Western Culture

Zombies in Western Culture

This is illustrated using case studies including the relocation of the Anishinaabe of the Grassy Narrows First Nation, and the upheaval of population displacement in the Hellenistic period.

Author: John Vervaeke

Publisher: Open Book Publishers

ISBN: 9781783743315

Category: Social Science

Page: 104

View: 131

Why has the zombie become such a pervasive figure in twenty-first-century popular culture? John Vervaeke, Christopher Mastropietro and Filip Miscevic seek to answer this question by arguing that particular aspects of the zombie, common to a variety of media forms, reflect a crisis in modern Western culture. The authors examine the essential features of the zombie, including mindlessness, ugliness and homelessness, and argue that these reflect the outlook of the contemporary West and its attendant zeitgeists of anxiety, alienation, disconnection and disenfranchisement. They trace the relationship between zombies and the theme of secular apocalypse, demonstrating that the zombie draws its power from being a perversion of the Christian mythos of death and resurrection. Symbolic of a lost Christian worldview, the zombie represents a world that can no longer explain itself, nor provide us with instructions for how to live within it. The concept of 'domicide' or the destruction of home is developed to describe the modern crisis of meaning that the zombie both represents and reflects. This is illustrated using case studies including the relocation of the Anishinaabe of the Grassy Narrows First Nation, and the upheaval of population displacement in the Hellenistic period. Finally, the authors invoke and reformulate symbols of the four horseman of the apocalypse as rhetorical analogues to frame those aspects of contemporary collapse that elucidate the horror of the zombie. Zombies in Western Culture: A Twenty-First Century Crisis is required reading for anyone interested in the phenomenon of zombies in contemporary culture. It will also be of interest to an interdisciplinary audience including students and scholars of culture studies, semiotics, philosophy, religious studies, eschatology, anthropology, Jungian studies, and sociology.
Categories: Social Science

How Zombies Conquered Popular Culture

How Zombies Conquered Popular Culture

Since the publication of my 2010 book American Zombie Gothic: The Rise and
Fall (and Rise) of the Walking Dead in Popular Culture, I have been afforded a
number of opportunities to explore zombie cultural history and to perform close ...

Author: Kyle William Bishop

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786495412

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 236

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Since the early 2000s, popular culture has experienced a "Zombie Renaissance," beginning in film and expanding into books, television, video games, theatre productions, phone apps, collectibles and toys. Zombies have become allegorical figures embodying cultural anxieties, but they also serve as models for concepts in economics, political theory, neuroscience, psychology, computer science and astronomy. They are powerful, multifarious metaphors representing fears of contagion and doom but also isolation and abandonment, as well as troubling aspects of human cruelty, public spectacle and abusive relationships. This critical examination of the 21st-century zombie phenomenon explores how and why the public imagination has been overrun by the undead horde.
Categories: Performing Arts

Romancing the Zombie

Romancing the Zombie

... interrogation of the zombie's cultural history, see for example Kyle William
Bishop's American Zombie Gothic: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Walking
Dead in Popular Culture (2010), and roger Luckhurst's Zombies: A Cultural
History ...

Author: Ashley Szanter

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476630670

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 220

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The zombie--popular culture's undead darling--shows no signs of stopping. But as it develops to suit changing audience tastes, its characteristics transform. This collection of new essays examines the latest incarnation, the romantic zombie, a re-humanized monster we want to help, heal and connect with rather than destroy. The authors discuss our increasingly sympathetic view of the reanimated dead as more than physical bodies devoid of life and personality. Their essays cover a range of topics, including audience obsession with Apocalyptic love; the problem of a kinder, gentler undead; the millennial reinvention of the "sexy zombie"; and "uncanny valley romance."
Categories: Performing Arts

The Zombie Renaissance in Popular Culture

The Zombie Renaissance in Popular Culture

Toby Venables Itisa truth universally acknowledged thata zombie in possession
of brains must be in want of more brains. ... The modern zombie, however –as
distinct from the folkloric, voodoo zombie from whose cultural history it has now ...

Author: L. Hubner

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137276506

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 226

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This collection addresses the significant cultural phenomenon of the 'zombie renaissance' – the growing importance of zombie texts and zombie cultural practices in popular culture. The chapters examine zombie culture across a range of media and practices including films games, music, social media, literature and fandom.
Categories: Performing Arts

Z Angl Am

Z  Angl  Am

They are the walking dead , the end of civilization , symbolizing the foil of any
idealistic notion of an end to history . This is ... The zombies that we see in 28
Days Later have become the prevailing ones in popular culture , but the
etymologically ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105131548211

Category: American literature

Page:

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Categories: American literature

A Zombie s History of the United States

A Zombie s History of the United States

“Americans have been taught that their nation is civilized and humane.

Author: Josh Miller

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781569759196

Category: Humor

Page: 240

View: 691

“Americans have been taught that their nation is civilized and humane. But, too often, U.S. actions have been uncivilized and inhumane.” —Howard Zinn Shedding light on 500 years of suppression, this shocking exposé reveals the pivotal role in American history played by its most invisible minority—zombies. From colonization and revolution to World Wars and global hegemony, A Zombie’s History of the United States tells the powerful and moving stories of this country’s living-dead underclass, including: •The zombie massacre of European colonists at Plymouth Rock •The gruesome killing of a zombinated Meriwether Lewis by his fellow explorer William Clark •The doomed defense of the Alamo against hordes of the attacking undead •The heroic, platoon-saving charge into a hail of German fire by an undead Lt. Audie Murphy •The top-secret NASA missions that launched(and often lost) zombies into space •The anti-terrorist program to stop the weaponization of the zombie virus
Categories: Humor

Zombie Culture

Zombie Culture

... The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror (New York: Norton, 1993). Z8.
Christopher Duggan, A Concise History of Italy (Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press, 1994), Z74. Z9. Paul Ginsborg, A History of ContemPorary Italy:
Society ...

Author: Shawn McIntosh

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9781461664369

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

View: 537

Zombie Culture examines the living dead through a variety of lenses. By looking at how portrayals of zombies have evolved from their folkloric roots and entered popular culture, readers will gain deeper insights 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.
Categories: Performing Arts

Zombies

Zombies

Charlier investigates these far-fetched stories and finds that, in Haiti, the dead are a part of daily life.

Author: Philippe Charlier

Publisher:

ISBN: 0813054575

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 138

View: 900

Forensic pathologist Philippe Charlier--dubbed the "Indiana Jones of the graveyards"--travels to Haiti where rumors claim that some who die may return to life as zombies. Charlier investigates these far-fetched stories and finds that, in Haiti, the dead are a part of daily life. Families, fearing that loved ones may return from the grave, urge pallbearers to take rambling routes to prevent the recently departed from finding their way home from cemeteries. Corpses are sometimes killed a second time--just to be safe. And a person might spend their life preparing their funeral and grave to ensure they will not become a wandering soul after death. But are the stories true? Charlier's investigations lead him to Vodou leader Max Beauvoir and other priests, who reveal how bodies can be reanimated. In some cases, sorcerers lure the dead from their graves and give them a potion concocted from Devil's Snare, a plant more commonly known as Jimsonweed. Sometimes secret societies use poudre zombi--"zombie powder"--spiked with the tetrodotoxin found in blowfish. Charlier eagerly collects evidence, examining Vodou dolls by X-ray, making sacrifices at rituals, and visiting cemeteries under the cloak of night. Zombies follows Charlier's journey to understand the fascinating and frightening world of Haiti's living dead, inviting readers to believe the unbelievable.
Categories: Performing Arts

The history of gothic fiction

The history of gothic fiction

Zombies. and. the. occultation. of. slavery. Lafcadio Hearn, Two Years in the
French West Indies (1890); William Seabrook, The ... Even the titles of zombie
films, promiscuously mixing themes and genres, suggest their popular culture
status: ...

Author: Markman Ellis

Publisher: Edinburgh Univ Pr

ISBN: 0748611959

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 261

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The History of Gothic Fictiondebates the rise of the genre from its origins in the late eighteenth-century novel through nineteenth-century fictions of tyrants, monsters, conspirators, and vampires to the twentieth-century zombie film. Approaching key novels by Walpole ( The Castle of Otranto), Austen ( Northanger Abbey), Wollstonecraft ( The Wrongs of Woman), Shelley ( Frankenstein), Stoker ( Dracula), and Halperin ( White Zombie), the argument proceeds on historicist principles, analyzing the peculiar tone of these fictions. The final chapters on the vampire and the zombie examine how the undead of gothic terror are embedded in an argument from history.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Zombies

Zombies

Zombies.

Author: Zachary Graves

Publisher:

ISBN: 1847444156

Category: Zombie films

Page: 191

View: 138

Inspired by horror films of the past, such as George Romero's 1968 classic Night of the Living Dead, zombies have come lurching back into the forefront of the public imagination with books such as the Jane Austen parody Pride, Prejudice and Zombies, video games such as Left 4 Dead and blockbuster movies like Zombieland. The living dead have never been so popular! We all know that zombies are by no means a modern phenomenon but where did this zombie fascination come from, and where did people like Romero get thier inspiration? Zombies takes a look at all aspects of this gruesome entity and delves into the less well-known mythological and historical side of this fascinating subject.
Categories: Zombie films

Better Off Dead

Better Off Dead

This collection seeks to provide an archaeology of the zombietracing its lineage from Haiti, mapping its various cultural transformations, and suggesting the post-humanist direction in which the zombie is ultimately heading.

Author: Deborah Christie

Publisher: Fordham Univ Press

ISBN: 9780823234462

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 296

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What has the zombie metaphor meant in the past? Why does it continue to be, so prevalent in our culture? This collection seeks to provide an archaeology of the zombietracing its lineage from Haiti, mapping its various cultural transformations, and suggesting the post-humanist direction in which the zombie is ultimately heading.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Savage Pastimes

Savage Pastimes

Why violence in the media we-and our children-consume is not only good but necessary

Author: Harold Schechter

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0312282761

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

View: 573

In this cogent and well-researched book, Harold Schechter argues that, unlike the popular conception of the media inciting violence through displaying it, without these outlets of violence in the media a basic human need would not be met and would have to be acted out in much more destructive ways. Schechter demonstrates how violent images saturated the earliest newspaper, how art and disturbing images are not incompatible and how the demoaisation of comic books in the 1950s det up a pattern of equating testosterone fuelled entertainment with aggression.
Categories: Performing Arts

American Zombie Gothic

American Zombie Gothic

The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Walking Dead in Popular Culture Kyle
William Bishop ... Debra, Diary of the Dead I began working on this cultural
history of the zombie narrative in 2005, shortly after Romero released Land ofthe
Dead.

Author: Kyle William Bishop

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786455546

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 247

View: 403

Zombie stories are peculiarly American, as the creature was born in the New World and functions as a reminder of the atrocities of colonialism and slavery. The voodoo-based zombie films of the 1930s and '40s reveal deep-seated racist attitudes and imperialist paranoia, but the contagious, cannibalistic zombie horde invasion narrative established by George A. Romero has even greater singularity. This book provides a cultural and critical analysis of the cinematic zombie tradition, starting with its origins in Haitian folklore and tracking the development of the subgenre into the twenty-first century. Closely examining such influential works as Victor Halperin's White Zombie, Jacques Tourneur's I Walked with a Zombie, Lucio Fulci's Zombi 2, Dan O'Bannon's The Return of the Living Dead, Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later, and, of course, Romero's entire "Dead" series, it establishes the place of zombies in the Gothic tradition. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.
Categories: Performing Arts

Monsters and the Monstrous

Monsters and the Monstrous

Boon outlines the history of the zombie in Haitian folklore and the lower Congo
through to its place in literature and cinema. ... proceeds with the demonstrative
aspect of the monster, the function of The Zombie as Barometer of Cultural
Anxiety.

Author: Niall Scott

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042022539

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 228

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Emerging from depths comes a series of papers dealing with one of the most significant creations that reflects on and critiques human existence. Both a warning and a demonstration, the monster as myth and metaphor provides an articulation of human imagination that toys with the permissible and impermissible. Monsters from zombies to cuddly cartoon characters, emerging from sewers, from pages of literature, propaganda posters, movies and heavy metal, all are covered in this challenging, scholarly collection. This volume the third in the series presents a marvellous collection of studies on the metaphor of the monster in literature, cinema, music, culture, philosophy, history and politics. Both historical reflection and concerns of our time are addressed with clarity and written in an accessible manner providing appeal for the scholar and lay reader alike. This eclectic collection will be of interest to academics and students working in a range of disciplines, such as cultural studies, film studies, political theory, philosophy and literature studies.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Fear Cultural Anxiety and Transformation

Fear  Cultural Anxiety  and Transformation

Among the most useful and intriguing of these chronological histories of zombie
cinema is Jamie Russell ' s Book of the ... The history Russell constructs makes
good sense , beginning with those mostly forgettable 1930s and 1940s films that
 ...

Author: Scott A. Lukas

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015082735534

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 301

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The contributors to this volume explore the themes of fear, cultural anxiety, and transformation as expressed in remade horror, science fiction, and fantasy films. While opening on a note that emphasizes the compulsion of filmmakers to revisit issues concerning fear and anxiety, this collection ends with a suggestion that repeated confrontation with these issues allows the opportunity for creative and positive transformation.
Categories: Performing Arts

Passage of Darkness

Passage of Darkness

In 1982, Harvard-trained ethnobotanist Wade Davis traveled into the Haitian countryside to research reports of zombies--the infamous living dead of Haitian folklore.

Author: Wade Davis

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 9780807887585

Category: Social Science

Page: 365

View: 939

In 1982, Harvard-trained ethnobotanist Wade Davis traveled into the Haitian countryside to research reports of zombies--the infamous living dead of Haitian folklore. A report by a team of physicians of a verifiable case of zombification led him to try to obtain the poison associated with the process and examine it for potential medical use. Interdisciplinary in nature, this study reveals a network of power relations reaching all levels of Haitian political life. It sheds light on recent Haitian political history, including the meteoric rise under Duvalier of the Tonton Macoute. By explaining zombification as a rational process within the context of traditional Vodoun society, Davis demystifies one of the most exploited of folk beliefs, one that has been used to denigrate an entire people and their religion.
Categories: Social Science