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Zombies in Literature

This PPT looks at the history of zombies in literature and why they have such ongoing appeal.

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Mrrhrrahh...
AMC The Walking Dead
David Hills, BGS
The zombies we see represented in modern western
literature and movies are most often based on the Medieval
European revenant. However, unlike the modern zombie
apocalypse, a revenant story was usually a very personal
tale of the recently dead rising to harass their families and
communities.
In later stories, revenants became victims or perpetrators of
terrible crimes. (Murder, witchcraft and heresy). Many of
these tales have much in common with those of vampires.
http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaigns/the-space-borne-contagion
 Nachzehrer - German
 Gjenganger and Draugr - Scandinavian
 Vetala - Hindu
 Jiang Shi - Chinese
 Pontianak – Indonesian and Malay
 Gashadokuro – Japanese
 Zombi – Haitian
 Middle East – Walking Corpses (Bible)
 Wendigo – Native American
http://mentalfloss.com/node/26190&bypass=1
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In more recent times the zombie appeared several times in
fantasy themed novels, such as the 1929 book, The Magic
Island, by William Seabrook. This novel has been
credited with introducing ‘zombi’ into American speech.
The grandfather of the modern zombie genre is writer/
director George A. Romero, best known for his series of
satirical horror films about zombies or ghouls, starting
with Night of the Living Dead, which was inspired by the
novel, I am Legend, by Richard Matheson.
F-Covers.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1JdPvyy93I Pride & Prejudice & Zombies
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBv7cC_qU30 Warm Bodies
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQOBc2RYCL4 The Infects
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMWDV2rJHKM The Enemy
http://www.whatisall.com/entertainment/what-are-zombies.html

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Zombies in Literature

  • 1. Mrrhrrahh... AMC The Walking Dead David Hills, BGS
  • 2. The zombies we see represented in modern western literature and movies are most often based on the Medieval European revenant. However, unlike the modern zombie apocalypse, a revenant story was usually a very personal tale of the recently dead rising to harass their families and communities. In later stories, revenants became victims or perpetrators of terrible crimes. (Murder, witchcraft and heresy). Many of these tales have much in common with those of vampires. http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaigns/the-space-borne-contagion
  • 3.  Nachzehrer - German  Gjenganger and Draugr - Scandinavian  Vetala - Hindu  Jiang Shi - Chinese  Pontianak – Indonesian and Malay  Gashadokuro – Japanese  Zombi – Haitian  Middle East – Walking Corpses (Bible)  Wendigo – Native American
  • 5. In more recent times the zombie appeared several times in fantasy themed novels, such as the 1929 book, The Magic Island, by William Seabrook. This novel has been credited with introducing ‘zombi’ into American speech. The grandfather of the modern zombie genre is writer/ director George A. Romero, best known for his series of satirical horror films about zombies or ghouls, starting with Night of the Living Dead, which was inspired by the novel, I am Legend, by Richard Matheson. F-Covers.com
  • 6. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1JdPvyy93I Pride & Prejudice & Zombies http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBv7cC_qU30 Warm Bodies http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQOBc2RYCL4 The Infects http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMWDV2rJHKM The Enemy http://www.whatisall.com/entertainment/what-are-zombies.html
  • 7.  Fear of being eaten - cannibalism.  Loss of control and loss of individuality. Becoming one of the herd, or that we already are one of the herd.  The monster is Us, but still Other. Both more comfortable and scarier.  Slow creeping, inevitable death which does not stop. Nowhere to hide, and no matter how many you destroy... there are always more! http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/zombies.htm#
  • 8.  Conflict between Science and the Military.  Consumerism  Class structure  Racism  Sexism  Spawned countless imitators in movies, computer games, novels / graphic novels, music. http://www.myzombiecostumes.com/zombies-zombies-everywhere/zombies-in-the-media/ thoughtsoncinema.com theidiotboxx.wordpress.com johndodge.org
  • 9.  Allows us to examine these and other scary images and ideas from a safe distance. AMC The Walking Dead
  • 10. Books - The Return Man - Warm Bodies - World War Z - This Book is Full of Spiders readschmead.wordpress.com http://www.inner-geek.com/books-comics/this-book-is-full- of-spiders-seriously-dude-dont-click-on-this-link inkfactoryfilms.com www.theage.com.au
  • 11. Graphic Novels The Walking Dead Pride and Prejudice and Zombies hazelize.wordpress.com adamkrause.webs.com