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Zombie Theory
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Zombies first shuffled across movie screens in 1932 in the low-budget Hollywood film White Zombie and were reimagined as undead flesh-eaters in George A. Romero’s The Night of the Living Dead almost four decades later. Today, zombies are omnipresent in global popular culture, from video games and top-rated cable shows in the United States to comic books and other visual art forms to low-budget films from Cuba and the Philippines. The zombie’s ability to embody a variety of cultural anxieties—ecological disaster, social and economic collapse, political extremism—has ensured its continued relevance and legibility, and has precipitated an unprecedented deluge of international scholarship. 

Zombie studies manifested across academic disciplines in the humanities but also beyond, spreading into sociology, economics, computer science, mathematics, and even epidemiology. Zombie Theory collects the best interdisciplinary zombie scholarship from around the world. Essays portray the zombie not as a singular cultural figure or myth but show how the undead represent larger issues: the belief in an afterlife, fears of contagion and technology, the effect of capitalism and commodification, racial exclusion and oppression, dehumanization. As presented here, zombies are not simple metaphors; rather, they emerge as a critical mode for theoretical work. With its diverse disciplinary and methodological approaches, Zombie Theory thinks through what the walking undead reveal about our relationships to the world and to each other.

Contributors: Fred Botting, Kingston U; Samuel Byrnand, U of Canberra; Gerry Canavan, Marquette U; Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, George Washington U; Jean Comaroff, Harvard U; John Comaroff, Harvard U; Edward P. Comentale, Indiana U; Anna Mae Duane, U of Connecticut; Karen Embry, Portland Community College; Barry Keith Grant, Brock U; Edward Green, Roosevelt U; Lars Bang Larsen; Travis Linnemann, Eastern Kentucky U; Elizabeth McAlister, Wesleyan U; Shaka McGlotten, Purchase College-SUNY; David McNally, York U; Tayla Nyong’o, Yale U; Simon Orpana, U of Alberta; Steven Shaviro, Wayne State U; Ola Sigurdson, U of Gothenburg; Jon Stratton; Eugene Thacker, The New School; Sherryl Vint, U of California Riverside; Priscilla Wald, Duke U; Tyler Wall, Eastern Kentucky U; Jen Webb, U of Canberra; Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock, Central Michigan U.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction: Wander and Wonder in Zombieland
  2. Sarah Juliet Lauro
  3. pp. vii-xxiv
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  1. Part I. Old Schools: Classic Zombies
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. 1. Contagious Allegories: George Romero
  2. Steven Shaviro
  3. pp. 7-19
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  1. 2. Zombie TV: Late- Night B Movie Horror Fest
  2. Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock
  3. pp. 20-32
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  1. 3. Viral Cultures: Microbes and Politics in the Cold War
  2. Priscilla Wald
  3. pp. 33-62
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  1. 4. Slaves, Cannibals, and Infected Hyper- Whites: The Race and Religion of Zombies
  2. Elizabeth McAlister
  3. pp. 63-84
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  1. 5. Slavoj Žižek, the Death Drive, and Zombies: A Theological Account
  2. Ola Sigurdson
  3. pp. 85-102
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  1. Part II. Capitalist Monsters
  2. pp. 103-110
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  1. 6. Some Kind of Virus: The Zombie as Body and as Trope
  2. Jen Webb and Samuel Byrnand
  3. pp. 111-123
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  1. 7. Ugly Beauty: Monstrous Dreams of Utopia
  2. David McNally
  3. pp. 124-136
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  1. 8. Alien- Nation: Zombies, Immigrants, and Millennial Capitalism
  2. Jean Comaroff and John Comaroff
  3. pp. 137-156
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  1. 9. Zombies of Immaterial Labor: The Modern Monster and the Consumption of the Self
  2. Lars Bang Larsen
  3. pp. 157-170
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  1. 10. Abject Posthumanism: Neoliberalism, Biopolitics, and Zombies
  2. Sherryl Vint
  3. pp. 171-182
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  1. Part III. Zombies and Other(ed) People
  2. pp. 183-188
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  1. 11. Zombie Race
  2. Edward P. Comentale
  3. pp. 189-211
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  1. 12. Taking Back the Night of the Living Dead: George Romero, Feminism, and the Horror Film
  2. Barry Keith Grant
  3. pp. 212-222
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  1. 13. Dead and Live Life: Zombies, Queers, and Online Sociality
  2. Shaka McGlotten
  3. pp. 223-236
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  1. 14. Dead and Disabled: The Crawling Monsters of The Walking Dead
  2. Anna Mae Duane
  3. pp. 237-245
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  1. 15. Trouble with Zombies: Muselmänner, Bare Life, and Displaced People
  2. Jon Stratton
  3. pp. 246-270
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  1. Part IV. Zombies in the Street
  2. pp. 271-276
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  1. 16. Zombie London: Unexceptionalities of the New World Order
  2. Fred Botting
  3. pp. 277-293
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  1. 17. Spooks of Biopower: The Uncanny Carnivalesque of Zombie Walks
  2. Simon Orpana
  3. pp. 294-315
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  1. 18. The Scene of Occupation
  2. Tavia Nyong’o
  3. pp. 316-331
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  1. 19. The Walking Dead and Killing State: Zombification and the Normalization of Police Violence
  2. Travis Linnemann, Tyler Wall, and Edward Green
  3. pp. 332-352
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  1. Part V. New Life for the Undead
  2. pp. 353-360
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  1. 20. Nekros: or, The Poetics of Biopolitics
  2. Eugene Thacker
  3. pp. 361-380
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  1. 21. Grey: A Zombie Ecology
  2. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen
  3. pp. 381-394
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  1. 22. A Zombie Manifesto: The Nonhuman Condition in the Era of Advanced Capitalism
  2. Sarah Juliet Lauro and Karen Embry
  3. pp. 395-412
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  1. 23. “We Are the Walking Dead”: Race, Time, and Survival in Zombie Narrative
  2. Gerry Canavan
  3. pp. 413-432
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 433-434
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  1. Further Reading
  2. pp. 435-452
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  1. Previous Publications
  2. pp. 453-456
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 457-460
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 461-474
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