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Staying Up Late Watching The Walking Dead

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


Zombies flank the Jerusalem walls? Zombies invade a southern plantation in the United States? A television show with characters on the run from zombies? Videogames devoted to zombie chases like Planets vs. Zombies or Minecraft? I am baffled by the zombie revolution and the writing of this chapter solidified my continued bewilderment about the allure of zombie worlds. In the chapter, I unravel fascinations with zombies from three different optics. One is more of a landscape optic that speculates on contemporary fascinations with zombies and apocalyptic texts that have earned increased popularity. The other optic is a portrait view of a tween’s keen interest in zombies, drawing out aspects of her life as sedimentations of apocalyptic themes. The third and final optic is a brief close-up and personal account of my own struggles with zombies and researching young people about their investments and ruling passions with gothic, apocalyptic, and zombie worlds.


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I would like to thank Dr. Diane Collier for her thorough and careful read through and critique of this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Education, Department of Teacher EducationBrock UniversitySaint CatharinesCanada

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