How Zombies Conquered Popular Culture: The Multifarious Walking Dead in the 21st Century

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McFarland, 17 set 2015 - 236 pagine
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.
 

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Preface
1
How the Walking Dead Conquered Popular Culture
5
Generic Triad
23
Beyond Film
73
Broader Horizons
131
The Futures of the Walking Dead
181
Filmography
191
Chapter Notes
195
Bibliography
207
Index
217
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Kyle William Bishop is an associate professor of English and film studies and serves as the Honors Program Director at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah. He has presented and published on a number of zombie-related texts and has authored two other monographs with McFarland.

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