Undead Apocalypse: Vampires and Zombies in the Twenty-first Century

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Abstract

Explores the intersection of the vampire and zombie with 21st Century dystopian and post-apocalyptic cinema
Twenty-first century film and television is overwhelmed with images of the undead. Vampires and zombies have often been seen as oppositional: one alluring, the other repellent; one seductive, the other infectious. With case studies of films like I Am Legend and 28 Days Later, as well as TV programmes like Angel and The Walking Dead, this book challenges these popular assumptions and reveals the increasing interconnection of undead genres. Exploring how the figure of the vampire has been infused with the language of science, disease and apocalypse, while the zombie text has increasingly been influenced by the trope of the ‘reluctant’ vampire, Stacey Abbott shows how both archetypes are actually two sides of the same undead coin. When considered together they present a dystopian, sometimes apocalyptic, vision of twenty-first century existence.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages225
ISBN (Electronic)9780748694938
ISBN (Print) 9781474438377
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016

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