Better Off Dead: The Evolution of the Zombie as Post-Human

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The zombie is ubiquitous in popular culture: from comic books to video games, to internet applications and homemade films, zombies are all around us. Investigating the zombie from an interdisciplinary perspective, with an emphasis on deep analytical engagement with diverse kinds of texts, Better Off Dead addresses some of the more unlikely venues where zombies are found while providing the reader with a classic overview of the zombie's folkloric and cinematic history.



What has the zombie metaphor meant in the past? Why does it continue to be so prevalent in our culture? Where others have looked at the zombie as an allegory for humanity's inner machinations or claimed the zombie as capitalist critique, this collection seeks to provide an archaeology of the zombie--tracing its lineage from Haiti, mapping its various cultural transformations, and suggesting the post-humanist direction in which the zombie is ultimately heading.

Approaching the zombie from many different points of view, the contributors look across history and across media. Though they represent various theoretical perspectives, the whole makes a cohesive argument: The zombie has not just evolved within narratives; it has evolved in a way that transforms narrative. This collection
announces a new post-zombie, even before the boundaries of this rich and mysterious myth have been completely charted.

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Title:Better Off Dead: The Evolution of the Zombie as Post-Human
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  • Kayleigh Marie Marie

    I've got a growing and fairly large collection of academic material on zombies and this is my favourite book of essays on the subject. Some really interesting and useful pieces and makes for entertain...

  • Dominick

    Better than Generation Zombie by virtue of a clearer focus and structure (rather than being a more or less random collection of essays) and generally by better writing--whether that's a function of ed...

  • Gina

    This is a collection of academic essays. As such, it is the usual issues, with sometimes being too dry or too obtuse. Most of the papers are of a shorter length though, which helps prevent any of them...

  • Nikki

    Due to time constraints and the purposes of my current research, I only read the first third of this book, but I look forward to reading the rest in the undefined future. ;) It's a collection of essay...

  • Emily Davenport

    A thought-provoking collection of academic essays that address a variety of issues related to our culture's understanding of zombies. I only wish it had addressed The Walking Dead more since it's the ...

  • Tara Brabazon

    This is a solid textualization of the zombie in popular culture, with particular attention to film. There is - as the name suggest - some postmodern theorization. The post-human is well presented, dep...