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Better Off Dead: The Evolution of the Zombie as Post-Human

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In an age where anxiety pervades our culture, Better Off Dead explores whether the zombie resembles our pre-historic past or acts as a mirror showing our present day foes.
The zombie is ubiquitous in popular culture: from comic books to video games, to internet applications and homemade films, zombies are all around us. Investigating the zombie from an interdisciplinary
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Hardcover, 296 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Fordham University Press (first published June 13th 2011)
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Gina
Oct 15, 2012 Gina rated it liked it
This is a collection of academic essays. As such, it is the usual issues, with sometimes being too dry or too obtuse. Most of the papers are of a shorter length though, which helps prevent any of them from getting too horrible. In addition, the collection covers a really wide range of zombie issues, becoming pretty impressive in its scope.

One interesting point for me was a coincidence. I happened to attend a book event where David J Morris was reading from and answering questions about his book
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Nikki
Nov 20, 2011 Nikki rated it it was amazing
Due to time constraints and the purposes of my current research, I only read the first third of this book, but I look forward to reading the rest in the undefined future. ;) It's a collection of essays broken down into three sections examining the original, modern, and post-modern zombie. LOTS of historical and pop-culture goodies within!! Highly recommend!
Emily
Aug 31, 2013 Emily rated it really liked it
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A thought-provoking collection of academic essays that address a variety of issues related to our culture's understanding of zombies. I only wish it had addressed The Walking Dead more since it's the latest zombie incarnation sweeping the nation (and the one I'm most well-versed in)
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Jun 13, 2015 Tara Brabazon rated it liked it
This is a solid textualization of the zombie in popular culture, with particular attention to film. There is - as the name suggest - some postmodern theorization. The post-human is well presented, deploying the hyphen to build and understand the jarring movement between 'post' and 'human.'
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