The Year's Work at the Zombie Research Center

The Year's Work at the Zombie Research Center

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They have stalked the horizons of our culture, wreaked havoc on moribund concepts of dead and not dead, threatened our sense of identity, and endangered our personal safety. Now zombies have emerged from the lurking shadows of society's fringes to wander the sacred halls of the academy, feasting on tender minds and hurling rot across our intellectual landscape. It is time to unite in common cause, to shore up defenses, firm up critical and analytical resources, and fortify crumbling lines of inquiry. Responding to this call, Brain Workers from the Zombie Research Center poke and prod the rotting corpus of zombie culture trying to make sense of cult classics and the unstoppable growth of new and even more disturbing work. They exhume "zombie theory" and decaying historical documents from America, Europe, and the Caribbean in order to unearth the zombie world and arm readers with the brain tools necessary for everyday survival. Readers will see that zombie culture today "lives" in shapes as mutable as a zombie horde-and is often just as violent.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 544 pages
  • 164.59 x 186.44 x 38.86mm | 734.82g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 53 b&w illus.
  • 0253013828
  • 9780253013828

Table of contents

Introduction / Edward P. Comentale and Aaron Jaffe
1. Zombie Psychology / Stephen Watt
2. Zombie Demographics / Aaron Jaffe
3. Zombie Spaces / Dan Hassler-Forest
4. Zombie Media / Erik Bohman
5. Zombie Health Care / Stephen Shapiro
6. Zombie Physiology / Jack Raglin
7. Zombie Performance / Atia Sattar
8. Zombie Race / Edward P. Comentale
9. Zombie Politics / Seth Morton
10. Zombie Post-Feminism / Andrea Ruthven
11. Zombie Linguistics / Tatjana Soldat-Jaffe
12. Zombie Arts and Letters / Jonathan Eburne
13. Zombie Philosophy / John Gibson
14. Zombie Cocktails / Stephen Schneider
Zombie Afterword / Jeffrey T. Nealon
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Provides a study of zombies in popular literature, it also becomes a kind of critique of zombie scholarship itself, and by extension, a critique of humanities scholarship more generally. * Journal of Modern Literature * There are so many great things to discuss about this awesome science fiction/horror genre, and the The Year's Work team of Commentate and Jaffe tackle it admirably. There are a number of home runs in this collection. * boing boing * Variously playful and (un)deadly serious. . . * Times Literary Supplement *
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About Edward P. Comentale

Edward P. Comentale is Professor of English at Indiana University. He is editor (with Stephen Watt and Skip Willman) of Ian Fleming and James Bond: The Cultural Politics of 007 (IUP, 2005) and author of Sweet Air: Modernism, Regionalism, and American Popular Song.

Aaron Jaffe is Professor of English at the University of Louisville. He is editor (with Edward P. Comentale) of The Year's Work in Lebowski Studies (IUP, 2009) and author of Modernism and the Culture of Celebrity.
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