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Zombie Terrorism in an Age of Global Gothic

Edwards, J (2016) Zombie Terrorism in an Age of Global Gothic Gothic Studies. pp. 1-17.

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With reference to films such as The Terror Experiment (2010) and Osombie (2012), this paper explores the figure of the zombie terrorist, a collectively othered group that is visually identifiable as ‘not us’ and can be slaughtered with impunity. In cinematic treatments, the zombie terrorist operates within a collectivity of zombies, erasing the possibility of individuality when the transformation from human to zombie takes place. The zombie terrorist signifies otherness in relation to selfhood, and is characterized by a mind/body split. Emerging from the grave in the archetypal zombie primal scene, this reanimated corpse is undead in its animate corporeality coupled with a loss of all mental faculties. The erasure of individual identity and memory along with broader human characteristics such as empathy or willpower coincides with the zombie terrorist’s physical movement and action.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : English and Languages
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Literature and Languages
Authors :
Edwards, J
Date : 31 December 2016
Additional Information : Author's version of a paper accepted for publication in Gothic Studies.Copyright Manchester University Press.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 09 Mar 2016 17:03
Last Modified : 09 Mar 2016 17:03

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