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Books of the Dead: Reading the Zombie in Contemporary Literature

Tim Lanzendörfer


Much research has been done on the zombie, a critical figure of 21st century culture, but most of it has been devoted to visual media—especially films and TV. This book is the first monograph to engage the zombie as it appears in contemporary literature. It argues that the zombie is best read both as a formal feature, one that necessitates and enables certain things to happen in fiction, as well as a figure of possibility, one which is best read not symbolically in itself, but for the ideas about possible futures it makes possible. In six chapters, Books of the Dead reads key texts of zombie f ... More

Keywords: Zombies, Contemporary Literature, Fiction, Genre, Form

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781496819062
Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496819062.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tim Lanzendörfer, author
University of Mainz, Germany