Zombie Culture: Autopsies of the Living Dead

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Shawn McIntosh, Marc Leverette
Scarecrow Press, 15. feb. 2008 - 241 sider
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?

Zombies have held a unique place in film and popular culture throughout most of the 20th century. Rare in that this enduring monster type originated in non-European folk culture rather than the Gothic tradition from which monsters like vampires and werewolves have emerged, zombies have in many ways superseded these Gothic monsters in popular entertainment and the public imagination and have increasingly been used in discussions ranging from the philosophy of mind to computer lingo to the business press.

Zombie Culture brings together scholars from a variety of fields, including cinema studies, popular culture, and video game studies, who have examined 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.
 

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Innhold

The Evolution of the Zombie The Monster that keeps Coming Back
1
The Folklore of the Zombie Film
19
Zombie Splatter Comedy from Dawn to Shaun Cannibal Carnivalesque
35
Vita Amore e Morteand Lots of Gore The Italian Zombie Film
55
The Space of Apocalypse in Zombie Cinema
71
Zombies without Organs Gender Flesh and Fissure
87
Cannibalizing Gender and Genre A Feminist ReVision of George Romeros Zombie Films ...
103
Hybridity and PostHuman Anxiety in 28 Days Later
119
Zombies in Gamespace Form Context and Meaning in ZombieBased Video Games
153
Now Im Feeling Zombified Playing the Zombie Online
169
The Funk of Forty Thousand Years or How the UnDead Get Their Groove on
185
Filmography
213
Bibliography
219
Index
233
About the Contributors
239
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Cant Sleep When Youre Dead Sex Drugs Rock and Roll and the Undead in Psychobilly ...
135

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Om forfatteren (2008)

Shawn McIntosh is lecturer in the Strategic Communications Program and Columbia University's School of Continuing Education.

Marc Leverette is assistant professor of media studies in the Department of Speech Communications at Colorado State University.

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