Race, Oppression and the Zombie: Essays on Cross-Cultural Appropriations of the Caribbean Tradition

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Christopher M. Moreman, Cory James Rushton
McFarland, Aug 31, 2011 - Social Science - 240 pages
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The figure of the zombie is a familiar one in world culture, acting as a metaphor for “the other,” a participant in narratives of life and death, good and evil, and of a fate worse than death—the state of being “undead.” This book explores the phenomenon from its roots in Haitian folklore to its evolution on the silver screen and to its radical transformation during the 1960s countercultural revolution. Contributors from a broad range of disciplines here examine the zombie and its relationship to colonialism, orientalism, racism, globalism, capitalism and more—including potential signs that the zombie hordes may have finally achieved oversaturation. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.
 

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User Review  - blakefraina - LibraryThing

I was writing something that included an undead character. Not a vampire or zombie in the sense that we think of them today, but more along the lines of the Haitian Voodoo/Vodou zombies. As research I ... Read full review

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User Review  - seidchen - LibraryThing

From the origins of zombies in the belief system of Haitian Vodou to the movie 'Night of the Living Dead' considered in the era of Sidney Poitier, to the legacy of orientalism, zombie consumerism, and ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Part I Haitian Origins
13
Part II The Capital of the Dead
75
Part III Culturally Transplanted Zombies
105
Part IV The Future of Zombie Understandings
175
Bibliography
207
Filmography
219
About the Contributors
223
Index
225
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Christopher M. Moreman is a professor and chair of the department of philosophy and religious studies at California State University, East Bay. He has published widely on topics relating to death, dying, and popular culture. Cory James Rushton is an associate English professor at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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