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Books of the DeadReading the Zombie in Contemporary Literature$
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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

Tim Lanzendörfer

University Press of Mississippi

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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