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Zombie Fictions

  • Anya Heise-von der Lippe
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Abstract

Zombie texts like World War Z (2006), Warm Bodies (2010), or The Girl with All the Gifts (2014) have all spawned popular film adaptations, but current filmic narratives still often reiterate the traditional us-versus-them dichotomy of the genre’s classic incarnations. Zombie fictions, by comparison, offer more subtle possibilities to explore the zombie’s posthuman characteristics in their narratives. This chapter focuses specifically on the meta-critical and theoretical aspects of zombie fictions, considering these texts in the light of critical posthumanism, narratology, and a number of theoretical attempts to come to terms with our current cultural fascination with zombies. It also offers a brief historical overview of zombie fictions, reading them as a reflection of the prevalence and cultural significance of horror narratives in twenty-first-century popular culture.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anya Heise-von der Lippe
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Universität TübingenTübingenGermany
  2. 2.Freie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany

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