From Prom Queen to Zombie Barbie: A Tutorial in Make Up, Gender and Living Death

  • Esther PriyadharshiniEmail author
Part of the Cultural Studies and Transdisciplinarity in Education book series (CSTE)


This chapter is preoccupied with a set of questions circulating around zombies, femininity and public pedagogy. What can the zombie offer women? How can we read acts of making up as zombies by (predominantly young) women? What meanings arise from zombie enactments that seem to tear down traditional performances of femininity? In relation to the hugely popular YouTube zombie make up tutorials, what is the ‘pedagogy’ at play, i.e. what is being taught/learnt through zombifying a female archetype? And can these tutorials say something to nascent theorisations about ‘public pedagogy’?


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Education and Lifelong LearningUniversity of East AngliaNorwichUK

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