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Decolonizing the Undead: Rethinking Zombies in World-Literature, Film, and Media

Stephen Shapiro

Looking beyond Euro-Anglo-US centric zombie narratives, Decolonizing the Undead reconsiders representations and allegories constructed around this figure of the undead, probing its cultural and historical weight across different nations and its significance to postcolonial, decolonial, and neoliberal discourses. Taking stock of zombies as they appear in literature, film, and television from the Caribbean, Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, India, Japan, and Iraq, this book explores how the undead reflect a plethora of experiences previously obscured by western preoccupations and anxieties. These include embodiment and dismemberment in Haitian revolutionary contexts; resistance and subversion to social realities in the Caribbean and Latin America; symbiosis of cultural, historical traditions with Western popular culture; the undead as feminist figures; as an allegory for migrant workers; as a critique to reconfigure socio-ecological relations between humans and nature; and as a means of voicing the plurality of stories from destroyed cities and war-zones.

Interspersed with contextual explorations of the zombie narrative in American culture (such as zombie walks and the television series The Santa Clarita Diet) contributors examine such writers as Lowell R. Torres, Diego Velázquez Betancourt, Hemendra Kumar Roy, and Manabendra Pal; works like China Mieville's Covehithe, Reza Negarestani's Cycolonopedia, Julio Ortega's novel Adiós, Ayacucho, Ahmed Saadawi's Frankenstein in Baghdad; and films by Alejandro Brugués, Michael James Rowland, Steve McQueen, and many others. Far from just another zombie project, this is a vital study that teases out the important conversations among numerous cultures and nations embodied in this universally recognized figure of the undead.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publish Date: Apr 18th, 2024
  • Pages: 232
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.21in - 6.14in - 0.48in - 0.73lb
  • EAN: 9781350271166
  • Categories: AfricanCaribbean & Latin AmericanHorror & Supernatural

About the Author

Champion, Giulia: - Giulia Champion is a Lecturer in the Interdisciplinary Studies Centre at the University of Essex and a Research Assistant in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies at the University of Warwick, UK. She is the co-editor of Ethical Futures and Global Science Fiction (2020) and "Intersections of Activism and Academia" with the Bulletin of Latin American Research (2022).
Shapiro, Stephen: - Stephen Shapiro is Professor of American Literature at the University of Warwick, UK. He is the author or editor of 17 books, including How to Read Marx's Capital (2008) and The Wire: Race, Class, and Genre (2012).
Douglas, Roxanne: - Roxanne Douglas is a Teaching Fellow in the Department of English & Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick, UK.

Praise for this book

"The zombie is the most overtly colonial monster in the Gothic pantheon, and yet the one most urgently in need of being reinserted into proper colonial and neo-colonial contexts. This collection expertly deploys the latest in decolonial theory to offer urgent political readings always sensitive to ever-shifting local and global situations. Important and timely." --Roger Luckhurst, Birkbeck University of London, UK