Zombies, Deviance and the Right to Posthuman Life

Wilde, Poppy (2022) Zombies, Deviance and the Right to Posthuman Life. In: Theorising the Contemporary Zombie: Contextual Pasts, Presents, and Futures. University of Wales Press. ISBN 9781786838575

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Zombies have become increasingly prolific in popular culture. Films from Dawn of the Dead to Shaun of the Dead, books such as the Mira Grant Newsflesh series, zombie games including Dying Light, are all excellent examples of affective zombie mediations. There are some fantastic zombie podcasts, including We’re Alive, and the audiobook of After the Cure, by Deirdre Gould, creates a wonderfully creepy atmosphere that should appeal to any horror fan. But what is it with zombies? Societies and cultures are overcome (or overrun) with morbid fascination, but why? As Sarah Lauro asks, ‘[w]hence does our cultural fascination with zombies come?’ The answer is both obvious and not so obvious. Post-apocalyptic type scenarios allow access to view a world that is both similar-yet-strange. Audiences get to watch/read/play out stories and journeys of survivors and victims and ask those self-reflexive questions – “what would I do, how long would I survive, where would I go?”, and this imaginative exploration allows the consideration of how humans would fare in this world, but not as it is presently known.

Item Type: Book Section
1 May 2022Published
Subjects: CAH24 - media, journalism and communications > CAH24-01 - media, journalism and communications > CAH24-01-05 - media studies
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > College of English and Media
Depositing User: Gemma Tonks
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2023 10:56
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2023 10:56
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15011

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