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Tim Lanzendörfer

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496819062

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496819062.001.0001

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Pariah and Dying to Live

Pariah and Dying to Live

Imagining Community after the Apocalypse

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Books of the Dead
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Tim Lanzendörfer

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496819062.003.0003

This chapter argues that zombie fictions enable us to reflect upon the meaning and possibility, and especially the conditions of possibility, for community. Read through Zygmunt Bauman and Jean-Luc Nancy, community becomes central to two novels less frequently read by critics, Bob Fingerman’s Pariah and Kim Paffenroth’s Dying to Live, novels which also share a thematic concern with humans who are not in danger from zombie attack. The two novels ultimately present nearly opposite versions of how community may be reconstituted in the wake of a zombie apocalypse, and so are instructive of our contemporary concern with the possibility of community.

Keywords:   Pariah, Dying to Live, Community, Jean-Luc Nancy, Zombie Jesus

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