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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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Literature and the Contemporary Zombie | The Appropriate Monster

(p.183) Coda
Books of the Dead

Tim Lanzendörfer

University Press of Mississippi

The coda explores what the book takes to be the most expansive question about contemporary zombie fiction, its meaning for literature at large. It departs from the question of whether we will be able to read literature again without the zombie, and takes zombie fiction, in its many manifestations but especially in its appearance in ostensibly “literary” fiction, as a crucial part of the contemporary generic turn, and as a harbinger of the future of fiction. More than that, however, it suggests that the processes at work in zombie fiction prefigure a larger shift in the literary field, one which ultimately depends on the zombie’s capacity to broadly signal possibility, rather than symbolic meaning.

Keywords:   Zombie fiction, Literary fiction, Future of fiction, Literary field, Symbolic meaning

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