The Year's Work at the Zombie Research Center

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Zombie Postfeminism

ANDREA RUTHVEN

The corpse is death infecting life.

Julia Kristeva

While Julia Kristeva doubtless did not have in mind the undead corpse of the zombie when she wrote of the abject and how it forces death upon the living, the walking dead undeniably embody abjection. It is not strange, then, that in representations of zombies, in film, literature, television, or other media, the primary focus is on how the humans who have not been infected confront and battle those who have returned from the dead. Those who engage in zombie fighting are necessarily confronting and denying the death (among other things) that the posthuman monster represents. This analysis of Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2009) looks at how the heroine of his contemporary novel is rewritten to be physically strong, capable of independence, and yet still chained to the necessity of finding the ideal mate that is the touchstone of the original Jane Austen text. The pervasiveness of postfeminism is apparent in the book as Elizabeth Bennet fights off the monsters even while the ideal end for her is to marry well.1 Her education and the fact that she is one of the best in her field are subsumed under the ability to use these skills to secure a man. In fact, it is her very prowess in fighting the zombie offensive, her abilities with

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Table of contents

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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