How Zombies Conquered Popular Culture

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Download or read book How Zombies Conquered Popular Culture written by Kyle William Bishop and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2015-09-25 with total page 236 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 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.

How Zombies Conquered Popular Culture

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Download or read book How Zombies Conquered Popular Culture written by Kyle William Bishop and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2015-10-02 with total page 236 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 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.

The Afterlife in Popular Culture: Heaven, Hell, and the Underworld in the American Imagination

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ISBN 10 : 9781440868597
Pages : 370 pages
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Download or read book The Afterlife in Popular Culture: Heaven, Hell, and the Underworld in the American Imagination written by Kevin O'Neill and published by ABC-CLIO. This book was released on 2022-06-30 with total page 370 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: What happens to us when we die? The book seeks to explore how that question has been answered in American popular culture. It begins with five framing essays that provide historical and intellectual background on ideas about the afterlife in Western culture. These essays are followed by over 100 entries, each focusing on specific cultural products or authors that feature the afterlife front and center. Entries topics include novels, film, television shows, plays, works of nonfiction, graphic novels, and more, all of which address some aspect of what may await us after our passing. This book is unique in marrying a historical overview of the afterlife with detailed analyses of particular cultural products, such as films and novels. In addition, it covers these topics in nonspecialist language, written with a high school and college audience in mind. The book provides historical context for contemporary depictions of the afterlife addressed in the entries, which deal specifically with work produced in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Romancing the Zombie

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ISBN 10 : 9781476630670
Pages : 220 pages
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Download or read book Romancing the Zombie written by Ashley Szanter and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2017-08-23 with total page 220 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 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."

Living with Zombies

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ISBN 10 : 9781476665849
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Download or read book Living with Zombies written by Chase Pielak and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2017-01-16 with total page 208 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Depictions of the zombie apocalypse continue to reshape our concept of the walking dead (and of ourselves). The undead mirror cultural fears--governmental control, lawlessness, even interpersonal relationships--exposing our weaknesses and demanding a response (or safeguard), even as we imagine ever more horrifying versions of post-apocalyptic life. This critical study traces a shift in narrative focus in portrayals of the zombie apocalypse, as the living move from surviving hypothetical destruction toward reintegration and learning to live with the undead.

The Many Lives of The Evil Dead

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ISBN 10 : 9781476636047
Pages : 219 pages
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Download or read book The Many Lives of The Evil Dead written by Ron Riekki and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2019-03-04 with total page 219 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: One of the top-grossing independent films of all time, The Evil Dead (1981) sparked a worldwide cult following, resulting in sequels, remakes, musicals, comic books, conventions, video games and a television series. Examining the legacy of one of the all-time great horror films, this collection of new essays covers the franchise from a range of perspectives. Topics include The Evil Dead as punk rock cinema, the Deadites' (demon-possessed undead) place in the American zombie tradition, the powers and limitations of Deadites, evil as affect, and the films' satire of neoliberal individualism.

Theorising the Contemporary Zombie

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ISBN 10 : 9781786838582
Pages : 256 pages
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Download or read book Theorising the Contemporary Zombie written by Scott Hamilton and published by University of Wales Press. This book was released on 2022-05-15 with total page 256 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Zombies have become an increasingly popular object of research in academic studies and, of course, in popular media. Over the past decade, they have been employed to explain mathematical equations, vortex phenomena in astrophysics, the need for improved laws, issues within higher education, and even the structure of human societies. Despite the surge of interest in the zombie as a critical metaphor, no coherent theoretical framework for studying the zombie actually exists. Addressing this current gap in the literature, Theorising the Contemporary Zombie defines zombiism as a means of theorising and examining various issues of society in any given era by immersing those social issues within the destabilising context of apocalyptic crisis; and applying this definition, the volume considers issues including gender, sexuality, family, literature, health, popular culture and extinction.

The Subversive Zombie

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ISBN 10 : 9781476666730
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Download or read book The Subversive Zombie written by Elizabeth Aiossa and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2018-02-09 with total page 194 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Historically, zombies have been portrayed in films and television series as mindless, shuffling monsters. In recent years, this has changed dramatically. The undead are fast and ferocious in 28 Days Later… (2002) and World War Z (2013). In Warm Bodies (2013) and In the Flesh (2013-2015), they are thoughtful, sensitive and capable of empathy. These sometimes radically different depictions of the undead (and the still living) suggest critical inquiries: What does it mean to be human? What makes a monster? Who survives the zombie apocalypse, and why? Focusing on classic and current movies and TV shows, the author reveals how the once-subversive modern zombie, now more popular than ever, has been co-opted by the mainstream culture industry.

The Written Dead

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ISBN 10 : 9781476665641
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Download or read book The Written Dead written by Kyle William Bishop and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2017-06-15 with total page 226 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: From Victor Halperin's White Zombie (1932) to George A. Romero's landmark Night of the Living Dead (1968) and AMC's hugely successful The Walking Dead (2010-), zombie mythology has become an integral part of popular culture. In a reversal of the typical pattern of adaptation, the zombie developed onscreen before appearing in short stories and comic books during the 20th century, and more recently as subjects of more traditional novels. This collection of new essays examines some of the most influential and inventive zombie literature, from the early stories to the most recent narratives, including some told from a zombie perspective.

Books of the Dead

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ISBN 10 : 9781496819093
Pages : 240 pages
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Download or read book Books of the Dead written by Tim Lanzendörfer and published by Univ. Press of Mississippi. This book was released on 2018-09-17 with total page 240 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The zombie has cropped up in many forms--in film, in television, and as a cultural phenomenon in zombie walks and zombie awareness months--but few books have looked at what the zombie means in fiction. Tim Lanzendörfer fills this gap by looking at a number of zombie novels, short stories, and comics, and probing what the zombie represents in contemporary literature. Lanzendörfer brings together the most recent critical discussion of zombies and applies it to a selection of key texts including Max Brooks's World War Z, Colson Whitehead's Zone One, Junot Díaz's short story "Monstro, " Robert Kirkman's comic series The Walking Dead, and Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Within the context of broader literary culture, Lanzendörfer makes the case for reading these texts with care and openness in their own right. Lanzendörfer contends that what zombies do is less important than what becomes possible when they are around. Indeed, they seem less interesting as metaphors for the various ways the world could end than they do as vehicles for how the world might exist in a different and often better form.

Fantastic Cities

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ISBN 10 : 9781496836649
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Download or read book Fantastic Cities written by Stefan Rabitsch and published by Univ. Press of Mississippi. This book was released on 2022-01-17 with total page 322 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Contributions by Carl Abbott, Jacob Babb, Marleen S. Barr, Michael Fuchs, John Glover, Stephen Joyce, Sarah Lahm, James McAdams, Cynthia J. Miller, Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns, Chris Pak, María Isabel Pérez Ramos, Stefan Rabitsch, J. Jesse Ramírez, A. Bowdoin Van Riper, Andrew Wasserman, Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock, and Robert Yeates Metropolis, Gotham City, Mega-City One, Panem’s Capitol, the Sprawl, Caprica City—American (and Americanized) urban environments have always been a part of the fantastic imagination. Fantastic Cities: American Urban Spaces in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror focuses on the American city as a fantastic geography constrained neither by media nor rigid genre boundaries. Fantastic Cities builds on a mix of theoretical and methodological tools that are drawn from criticism of the fantastic, media studies, cultural studies, American studies, and urban studies. Contributors explore cultural media across many platforms such as Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, the Arkham Asylum video games, the 1935 movie serial The Phantom Empire, Kim Stanley Robinson’s fiction, Colson Whitehead’s novel Zone One, the vampire films Only Lovers Left Alive and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Paolo Bacigalupi’s novel The Water Knife, some of Kenny Scharf’s videos, and Samuel Delany’s classic Dhalgren. Together, the contributions in Fantastic Cities demonstrate that the fantastic is able to “real-ize” that which is normally confined to the abstract, metaphorical, and/or subjective. Consequently, both utopian aspirations for and dystopian anxieties about the American city become literalized in the fantastic city.

Parenting in the Zombie Apocalypse

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ISBN 10 : 9781476673882
Pages : 271 pages
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Download or read book Parenting in the Zombie Apocalypse written by Steven J. Kirsh and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2019-05-14 with total page 271 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Parenting is difficult under the best of circumstances—but extremely daunting when humanity faces cataclysmic annihilation. When the dead rise, hardship, violence and the ever-present threat of flesh-eating zombies will adversely affect parents and children alike. Depending on their age, children will have little chance of surviving a single encounter with the undead, let alone the unending peril of the Zombie Apocalypse. The key to their survival—and thus the survival of the species—will be the caregiving they receive. Drawing on psychological theory and real-world research on developmental status, grief, trauma, mental illness, and child-rearing in stressful environments, this book critically examines factors influencing parenting, and the likely outcomes of different caregiving techniques in the hypothetical landscape of the living dead.

Zombie Cinema

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ISBN 10 : 9780813579498
Pages : 179 pages
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Download or read book Zombie Cinema written by Ian Olney and published by Rutgers University Press. This book was released on 2017-03-17 with total page 179 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: It’s official: the zombie apocalypse is here. The living dead have been lurking in popular culture since the 1930s, but they have never been as ubiquitous or as widely-embraced as they are today. Zombie Cinema is a lively and accessible introduction to this massively popular genre. Presenting a historical overview of zombie appearances in cinema and on television, Ian Olney also considers why, more than any other horror movie monster, zombies have captured the imagination of twenty-first-century audiences. Surveying the landmarks of zombie film and TV, from White Zombie to The Walking Dead, the book also offers unique insight into why zombies have gone global, spreading well beyond the borders of American and European cinema to turn up in films from countries as far-flung as Cuba, India, Japan, New Zealand, and Nigeria. Both fun and thought-provoking, Zombie Cinema will give readers a new perspective on our ravenous hunger for the living dead.

The Collected Sonnets of William Shakespeare, Zombie

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ISBN 10 : 9781476671154
Pages : 154 pages
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Download or read book The Collected Sonnets of William Shakespeare, Zombie written by William Shakespeare and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2018-02-22 with total page 154 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: What if one of literature's greatest poets was actually a zombie, writing in an Elizabethan world teeming with the undead hiding in plain sight? Inviting readers to see the sublime in the looming apocalypse, this book presents all 154 Shakespearean sonnets (with minor alterations transfigured into "zonnets") in their horrifying glory, highlighting transcendent themes of love, death, beauty and feasting on the flesh of the living. Each sonnet portrays a zombie encounter, with accompanying vignettes revealing the struggles of undead life in early modern England. Original illustrations by Anna Pagnucci bring the nightmare to life. Shakespeare will never be the same.

...But If a Zombie Apocalypse Did Occur

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ISBN 10 : 9781476620909
Pages : 300 pages
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Download or read book ...But If a Zombie Apocalypse Did Occur written by Amy L. Thompson and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2015-09-01 with total page 300 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Part pop culture trope, part hypothetical cataclysm, the zombie apocalypse is rooted in modern literature, film and mythology. This collection of new essays considers the implications of this scientifically impossible (but perhaps imminent) event, examining real-world responses to pandemic contagion and civic chaos, as well as those from Hollywood and popular culture. The contributors discuss the zombie apocalypse as a metaphor for actual catastrophes and estimate the probabilities of human survival and behavior during an undead invasion.

At Home in the Whedonverse

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ISBN 10 : 9781476667027
Pages : 212 pages
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Download or read book At Home in the Whedonverse written by Juliette C. Kitchens and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2017-05-24 with total page 212 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: From Buffy the Vampire Slayer to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Joss Whedon’s work presents various representations of home spaces that give depth to his stories and storytelling. Through the spaceship in Firefly, a farmhouse in Avengers: Age of Ultron or Whedon’s own house in Much Ado About Nothing, his work collectively offers audiences the opportunity to question the ways we relate to and inhabit homes. Focusing on his television series, films and comics, this collection of new essays explores the diversity of home spaces in Whedon’s many ’verses, and the complexity these spaces afford the narratives, characters, objects and relationships within them.

Dharma of the Dead

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ISBN 10 : 9781476672496
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Download or read book Dharma of the Dead written by Christopher M. Moreman and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2018-06-29 with total page 244 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: With the increased popularity of zombies in recent years, scholars have considered why the undead have so captured the public imagination. This book argues that the zombie can be viewed as an object of meditation on death, a memento mori that makes the fact of mortality more approachable from what has been described as America's "death-denying culture." The existential crisis in zombie apocalyptic fiction brings to the fore the problem of humanity's search for meaning in an increasingly global and secular world. Zombies are analyzed in the context of Buddhist thought, in contrast with social and religious critiques from other works.