Recommended Reading

Horror and Monsters
Science Fiction and Fantasy
Young Adult

Horror and Monsters

American Zombie Gothic: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Walking Dead in Popular CultureBetter Off Dead: The Evolution of the Zombie as Post-HumanBlood Read: The Vampire as Metaphor in Contemporary CultureBlood Relations: Chosen Families in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and AngelThe Changing Vampire of Film and Television: A Critical Study of the Growth of a GenreDark Things : Romance, Consumption and Science in Contemporary Gothic FictionsDraculas, Vampires, and Other Undead Forms: Essays on Gender, Race and CultureGothicThe History of Gothic FictionThe Horror Genre: From Beelzebub to Blair WitchLimits of Horror: Technology, Bodies, GothicThe Living Dead: A Study of the Vampire in Romantic LiteratureThe Lure of the Vampire: Gender, Fiction and Fandom from Bram Stoker to BuffyMen, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in Modern Horror FilmThe Modern Vampire and Human IdentityMonster Culture in the 21st Century: A ReaderMonster Theory: Reading CultureThe Naked And The Undead: Evil And The Appeal Of HorrorOpen Graves, Open Minds: Representations of Vampires and the Undead from the Enlightenment to the Present DayOur Vampires, OurselvesReal TwilightSex and the Slayer: A Gender Studies Primer for the Buffy FanA Taste of True Blood: The Fangbanger's GuideTheorizing Twilight: Critical Essays on What's at Stake in a Post-Vampire WorldThey Suck, They Bite, They Eat, They Kill: The Psychological Meaning of Supernatural Monsters in Young Adult FictionTriumph of The Walking Dead: Robert Kirkman�s Zombie Epic on Page and ScreenWe're All Infected: Essays on AMC's the Walking Dead and the Fate of the HumanWhite Zombie: Anatomy of a Horror FilmWhy Buffy Matters: The Art of Buffy the Vampire SlayerZombie Culture: Autopsies of the Living DeadThe Zombie Movie EncyclopediaThe Zombie Movie Encyclopedia, Volume 2: 2000-2010Zombies Are Us: Essays on the Humanity of the Walking DeadZombies, Vampires, and Philosophy

A selection of articles:

  • Bishop, Kyle. “Dead Man Still Walking : Explaining the Zombie Renaissance.” Journal of Popular Film and Television 37.1 (2005): 16–25.

  • Bishop, Kyle. “The Idle Proletariat: Dawn of the Dead , Consumer Ideology, and the Loss of Productive Labor.” The Journal of Popular Culture 43.2 (2010): 234–248.

  • Botting, Fred. “Metaphors and Monsters.” Journal for Cultural Research 7.4 (2003): 339–365.

  • Canavan, Gerry. “Fighting a War You’ve Already Lost: Zombies and zombis in Firefly/Serenity and Dollhouse.” Science Fiction Film & Television 4.2 (2011): 173–203.

  • Canguilhem, G., and T. Jaeger. “Monstrosity and the Monstrous.” Diogenes 10.40 (1962): 27–42.
  • Horne, Philip. “I Shopped with a Zombie.” Critical Quarterly 34.4 (2002): 97–110.

  • Kristeva, Julia. Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection. 1982.

  • Lauro, Sarah Juliet, and Karen Embry. “A Zombie Manifesto : The Nonhuman Condition in the Era of Advanced Capitalism.” boundary 35.1 (2008): 85–108.

  • Loudermilk, A. “Eating ‘ Dawn ’ in the Dark.” Journal of Consumer Culture 3.1 (2003): 83–108.

  • Mars, Louis P. “The Story of Zombi in Haiti.” Man 45 (1945): 38–40.

  • Newbury, M. “Fast Zombie/Slow Zombie: Food Writing, Horror Movies, and Agribusiness Apocalypse.” American Literary History 00.0 (2012): 1–28.

  • Platts, Todd K. “Locating Zombies in the Sociology of Popular Culture.” Sociology Compass 7.7 (2013): 547–560.

  • Pulliam, June. “Our Zombies, Ourselves: Exiting the Foucauldian Universe in George A. Romero’s Land of the Dead.” Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 20.1 (2009): 42–56

  • Zimmerman, Elizabeth, and Southern Illinois. “Vampire Gentlemen and Zombie Beasts A Rendering of True Monstrosity.” Gothic Studies 15.1 (2013)

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Science Fiction and Fantasy

Alien Zone 2: The Spaces of Science Fiction CinemaAlternative Worlds in Fantasy FictionEdging Into the Future: Science Fiction and Contemporary Cultural TransformationFantasy: The Liberation of ImaginationFantasy: The Literature of SubversionFrom Alien to The Matrix: Reading Science Fiction FilmThe Gospel According to Science Fiction: From the Twilight Zone to the Final FrontierThe Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C. S. LewisRhetorics of FantasyScience Fiction and EmpireSciFi in the Mind's Eye: Reading Science Through Science Fiction


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Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the RomanceLoving with a Vengeance: Mass Produced Fantasies for WomenA Natural History of the Romance NovelNew Approaches to Popular Romance FictionReading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy, and Popular LiteratureRomantic ConventionsFor Love and Money: The Literary Art of the Harlequin Mills & Boon Romance

A selection of articles:

  • Allen, Jonathan. “Isn’t that enough? On love in the Twilight Saga” The Global Journal of Monsters and the Monstrous. 2.2 (2012) 35-48

  • Diamond, Fleur. “Beauty and the Beautiful Beast.” Australian Feminist Studies 26.67 (2011): 41–55.

  • McAlister, Jodi. “First Love, Last Love, True Love: Heroines, Heroes and the Gendered Representation of Love in the Romance Novel” (Gender and Love 3rd global Conference September 2013, Oxford)
  • McAlister, Jodi “Dissolved in a mutual fire: Heroines, Heroes, Desire and Compulsory Demisexuality in the Romance Novel” (Elizabeth Jolley Conference, 2013, Fremantle)
  • Schell, Heather. “The Big Bad Wolf : Masculinity and Genetics in Popular Culture.” 1.1 (2008): 109–125.

  • Taylor, a. “‘The Urge towards Love Is an Urge towards (un)death’: Romance, Masochistic Desire and Postfeminism in the Twilight Novels.” International Journal of Cultural Studies 15.1 (2011): 31–46.

  • Tobin-McClain, Lee. “Paranormal Romance: Secrets of the Female Fantastic.” Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 11.2 (2001): 294–306.

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Young Adult

Contemporary Dystopian Fiction for Young Adults: Brave New TeenagersDeath, Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Adolescent LiteratureDisturbing the Universe: Power and Repression in Adolescent LiteratureGirls: Feminine Adolescence in Popular Culture and Cultural TheoryIdeologies of Identity in Adolescent Fiction: The Dialogic Construction of SubjectivityLanguage and Ideology in Children's FictionRepresentations of Technology in Science Fiction for Young People

A selection of articles:

  • Ball, Jonathan. “Young Adult Science Fiction as a Socially Conservative Genre.” Jeunesse: Young people, texts, cultures 3.2 (2011): 162–174.

  • Braithwaite, Elizabeth. “Post-Disaster Fiction for Young Adults : Some Trends and Variations.” Papers 20.1 (2010): 5–19.

  • Crew, Hilary S. “Not So Brave a World: The Representation of Human Cloning in Science Fiction for Young Adults.” The Lion and the Unicorn 28.2 (2004): 203–221.
  • Cadden, Mike. “The Irony of Narration in the Young Adult Novel.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 25.3 (2000): 146–154.

  • Enciso, Patricia et al. “Children ’ S Literature : Standing in the Shadow of Adults.” Reading Research Quarterly 45.2 (2010): 252–263.

  • Flanagan, V. “Girl Parts: The Female Body, Subjectivity and Technology in Posthuman Young Adult Fiction.” Feminist Theory 12.1 (2011): 39–53.

  • Hollindale, Peter. “The Adolescent Novel of Ideas.” Children’s Literature in Education 26.1 (1995): 83–95.

  • Hunt, Caroline. “Young Adult Literature Evades the Theorists.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 21.1 (1996): 4–11.

  • Kennon, Patricia. “‘ Belonging ’ in Young Adult Dystopian Fiction : New Communities Created by Children.” Papers 15.2 (2005): 40–49.

  • McCallum, R, V Flanagan, and J Stephens. “The Struggle to Be Human in a Posthuman World.” CREArTA 6 (2006): 28–44.

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