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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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The Walking Dead and the Never-Ending Zombie Story

The Walking Dead and the Never-Ending Zombie Story

The Everyday, Community, and the Need for an Ending1

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(p.67) 3 The Walking Dead and the Never-Ending Zombie Story
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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/9781496819062.003.0004

This chapter reads The Walking Dead through its creator Robert Kirkman’s contention that it is the “zombie movie that never ends.” Drawing on Eran Dorfman’s notion of the everyday in modern life and Frank Kermode’s parsing of the need for literary endings, it argues that The Walking Dead’s narrative endlessness and questing for the restitution of the everyday is best understood as symptomatic of a contemporary moment in which there is room for doubt what the everyday actually is. The chapter suggests that The Walking Dead reflects the way life is lived in the absence of a sense of narrative endings.

Keywords:   The Walking Dead, Literary Endings, Everyday, Narrative endings, Frank Kermode

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