The Year's Work at the Zombie Research Center

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Zombie Demographics

AARON JAFFE

listen: there’s a hell / of a good universe next door; let’s go.

e. e. cummings, “pity this busy monster, manunkind”


Three Zombie Horizons

The first is marked by a silhouetted human form, shambling along the interface between earth and sky; a head flops to one side. In a word: zombie! A corpse that doesn’t know it’s dead, as George A. Romero defined the concept, a concept he still refuses to name out loud. “A Zombie being a corpse that won’t give in and admit it,” reads the communiqué in Pacific Islands Monthly from the outermost rim, even earlier, arriving right after V-J Day (49). The uplink from Zombieville reports that “the sea is flat, an opaque disc of green-blue … without as much as a ripple to mar its mirrored surface” (49). The second horizon is more familiar: the churchyard at dusk, after the three-hour drive, where Johnny spots a “huddled figure in the distance up on the mounded hill walking among the graves.”

JOHN: They’re coming for you, Barbra.

BARBRA: Johnee! Stop it … You’re ignorant …

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction- the Zombie Research Center FAQ 1
  • 1 - Zombie Psychology 59
  • 2 - Zombie Demographics 89
  • 3 - Zombie Spaces 116
  • 4 - Zombie Media 150
  • 5 - Zombie Health Care 193
  • 6 - Zombie Physiology 227
  • 7 - Zombie Performance 248
  • 8 - Zombie Race 276
  • 9 - Zombie Politics 315
  • 10 - Zombie Postfeminism 341
  • 11 - Zombie Linguistics 361
  • 12 - Zombie Arts and Letters 389
  • 13 - Zombie Philosophy 416
  • 14 - Zombie Cocktails 437
  • Afterword- Zombie Archive 465
  • Works Cited 475
  • Contributors 507
  • Index 511
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