Favourite Zombie Theories

Up on twitter, zombie peeps are having a discussion about their favourite zombie criticism/theories. Be sure to follow these  people on Twitter and their academic works! If you want to read more about zombies, also go check out my Recommended Reading page (in which you’ll find these peeps!).

@zombiescholar (AKA Sarah Juliet Lauro):

  •  We ‘Are’ the Walking Dead by Gerry Canavan (@gerrycanavan) (Extrapolation Fall 2010, Vol. 51 Issue 3, p431)
  • Monster Metaphors: Notes on Michael Jackson’s Thriller by Kobena Mercer (Screen, 1986, 27;1)

@DanHF (AKA Dan Hassler-Forest):

  • Steven Shaviro’s (@shaviro) Capitalist Monsters Historical Materialism 10 (4):281-290 (2002)
  • The Year’s Work at the Zombie Research Centre ed by Edward P Comentale and Aaron Jaffe (published September 2014)

@gerrycanavan (AKA Gerry Canavan)

  • The Zombie Manifesto by Sarah Juliet Lauro and Karen Embry, boundary 2 Spring 2008 35(1): 85108

@DrMoreman (AKA Christopher Moreman)

  • Guess who is going to be dinner by Barbara Bruce in Race, Oppression and the Zombie (McFarland)

@Doctorofthedead (AKA Dr Arnold Blumberg):

  • Braaaiiinnnsss!: From Academics to Zombieed. Robert Smith

@VintageZombie (AKA me!)

    • Plans are Pointless by Sara Sutler-Cohen in Zombies are Us: Essays on the Humanity of the Walking Dead. Ed. Christopher M Moreman & Cory James Rushton. McFarland & Company

@DrWalkingDead (AKA Kyle William Bishop)

  • Undead (A Zombie Oriented Ontology).” by Jeffrey J Cohen Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 23.3 (2013): 397-412.

@jamierussel74 (AKA Jamie Russell)

  • Robin Wood “Apocalypse Now: Notes on The Living Dead”

Tom and Nyssa Talk Zombies (with @Cacotopos and @VintageZombie)

<< Nyssa: As one does, I talk about zombies a lot on twitter. My mate Tom & I got into a discussion recently and we thought we’d explore the issue further! Click on the link above for more details as we explore their agency (or not), their biology, their powers and what actually makes a zombie film!  >>

Dark Sylvan Ungulate

When I talk zombies online, I inevitably talk zombies with my Twitter pal Nyssa Harkness, who is writing (and apparently finishing it before she dies) a Masters thesis on zombies in literature and film.

OY!

Oh hey! Today Nyssa joins me to talk about zombies in film and literature! I’ve marked my text in black and hers in indented, bloody red. I hope it’s enough!

Also I’d like to thank Gary Kemble for the banner picture – that’s from Brisbane Zombiewalk 2011, with me and my son there on the right! I think I zombie-kidnapped him.

I’m not really a zombie expert in terms of having watched every classic zombie movie, but it seems from our discussions that I have at least some contribution to make in this area, specifically by throwing a sabot into the finely tuned semantic engines used to frame a discussion on zombies.

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The Resurgence of Zombie Narratives

A zombie episode of ABC’s Radio National Books and Arts Daily program was broadcast on Friday the 22nd of February 2013 with academic Sarah Juliet Lauro (@zombiescholar), the showrunner for the Walking Dead, Glen Mazzara (@GlenMazzara), zombie fanatic Chuck McKenzie (@notionsun) and horror author Robert Hood (@undeadhood). I was very happy to live-tweet the show for them!

Below is the storify, but you can also download the episode here.

  1. RT @RNBooksAndArts: Tomorrow’s show with @zombiescholar, @glenmazzara, @undeadhood and more presented by Zombie Cathcart http://pic.twitter.com/i8boiRrGuQ
  2. Today on @RNBooksAndArts 10am – the rise of the #zombie in pop culture, high art and political protests. ow.ly/hVPhp
  3. Welcome to the year of the zombie! But what has started this re-emergence in their popularity? #abcrn
  4. The original zombie was a pathetic being, & @zombiescholar research is into how it transformed into the monster of today #abcrn
  5. @zombiescholar says a theory of recent popularity is related to the dis-empowerment of people through the weak economy #abcrn
  6. @zombiescholar – The zombie is a convenient myth as to how we face the evils of humanity, without being so blunt about it #abcrn
  7. @zombiescholar – The zombie is a monster we can really put any form of social anxiety on top of, fear of economy, terrorism, war, etc #abcrn
  8. Zombies are always about slavery even our slavery to consume says @zombiescholar
  9. There’s a rebelliousness in zombies, the myth having coming from Haitian revolution. Not just slavery, but defiance of power #abcrn
  10. There is deeper meaning in cultural works than people usually give it credit for, and this works for zombies #abcrn
  11. Zombies entered movies because they weren’t copyrighted says @zombiescholar
  12. Micael with @glennmazzara, exec producer of The Walking Dead http://pic.twitter.com/rNjPWbwYrB
  13. Up now with @glenmazzara on #abcrn – showrunner for The Walking Dead (executive producer, head writer, working with directors, edits, etc)
  14. @glenmazzara is a promoter of the showrunner model. It’s about consistency of story and character growth #abcrn
  15. The Walking Dead is about the choices people make when there’s no one to rely on (govt, army etc) and how they survive #abcrn
  16. We’ve lost faith in big institutions. The Walking Dead taps into the idea that we don’t feel we can rely on them #abcrn
  17. @glenmazzara was always a horror fan: there’s something simple about zombies with less mythology than other monsters #abcrn
  18. The Walking Dead zombies are modeled on Romero’s zombies and try to stay true to the rules he created. #abcrn
  19. From Day Land of the Dead, the zombies are adapting, Glen says The Walking Dead zombies won’t quite go that way #abcrn
  20. The rage virus (28 Days Later) isn’t a real zombie, according to their rules. People love fast zombies, but TWD maintain slow zoms #abcrn
  21. The directors change for each episode, so containing the story and style is most important with an ongoing series #abcrn
  22. @RNBooksAndArts referring to The Omega Man – the book, I Am Legend, was actually great inspiration for Romero’s works #abcrn
  23. Best zombie books (Chuck): Mira Grant’s Feed series, Zone One by Colson Whitehead, Pride & Prejudice & Zombies #abcrn
  24. What’s your favourite zombie book? I rather love Generation Dead by Daniel Waters and Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion #abcrn
  25. Cross-genre books are the go now-a-days for zombies – zomliterary, zomromance, zomerotica… #abcrn
  26. Rob Hood: zombies don’t really have the mythological background that vampires do. #abcrn
  27. Rob writes both children’s fiction and zombies that are much more for adult readers #abcrn
  28. There are actually a few zombie books for children. I do want to read ‘That’s not your mommy anymore’ #abcrn
  29. Rob: End of the world scenarios are very popular at the moment, dealing with no social structure and dealing with other people #abcrn
  30. Is the zombie still the American myth? Rob: Italy loves zombies! Technically, walking dead have existed for a long time in tales #abcrn
  31. And that’s it for zombies at #abcrn ! Stay safe and keep up the cardio!
  32. There’s a range of Australian writers who meddle with zombies, check out some of them here: nyssaharkness.wordpress.com… (incl Chuck & Rob)
  33. Margaret Atwood’s serial zombies are here wattpad.com/story/2426517-t… She’s on Monday’s show

Walker’s dumb ways to die

I’ve been busy lately. Back to work (yay session 3 work!), plus sitting on my email all month hitting the refresh button, till on Tuesday my uni finally sent me an email saying I’m in MRes 🙂 I’ve got a few vamp books I’ll be looking over, as well as playing the Sims 3, WoW and DnD. Hopefully something resembling considered thought will emerge.

Here’s a fun video for Grumpymas. Be warned: it contains spoilers for the most recent half-season!