The Transnational Zombie: Postcolonial Memory and Rage in the Recent European Horror Film

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The Transnational Zombie: Postcolonial Memory and Rage in the Recent European Horror Film
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BTransnational Mediation: Negotiating Popular Culture between Europe and the United States
Author(s)
Soltysik Monnet A.
Publisher
Universitätsverlag Winter
Address of publication
Heidelberg
ISBN
9783825363703
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Published
Issued date
12/2015
Editor
Decker C., Böger A.
Volume
261
Series
American Studies
Pages
151-168
Language
english
Abstract
An ever increasing number of films, books, and scholarly works dealing with the undead have appeared in the last decade, making the zombie the very incarnation of American popular culture on a global scale. In this chapter I show that the zombie is also a surprisingly complex sign for transnational movement and multidirectional cultural flow. While the zombie may appear as the very epitome of American cultural production and influence, a mindless movie monster born of a vapid stream of Hollywood B-horror, the zombie has a rich transnational history and an eloquent figurative resonance that have fed into its current ubiquity as cultural sign. This chapter reviews that history and then examines some of the ways that the zombie figure has traveled between the Caribbean, where it emerged, the United States, where it was translated into a film device of startling pathos and horror, and Europe, to which it owes some of its most interesting recent innovations.
Keywords
zombie, postcolonial, transnational
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