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Zombie Culture: Autopsies of the Living Dead

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Publisher Comments:

Zombies in the Academy taps into the current popular fascination with zombies and brings together scholars from a range of fields, including cultural and communication studies, sociology, film studies, and education, to give a critical account of the political, cultural, and pedagogical state of the university through the metaphor of zombiedom. The contributions to this volume argue that the increasing corporatization of the academyand#8212;an environment emphasizing publication, narrow research, and the vulnerability of the tenure systemand#8212; is creating a crisis in higher education best understood through the language of zombie cultureand#8212;the undead, contagion, and plague, among others. Zombies in the Academy presents essays from a variety of scholars and creative writers who present an engaging and entertaining appeal for serious recognition of the conditions of contemporary humanities teaching, culture, and labor practices.

Book News Annotation:

This collection of 12 very lively essays on the undead focuses primarily on their film work but also gives aficionados a solid background in their genesis and uses in folklore and literary metaphor. They track how those perambulating in that very wide gray area between life and death appeal to those believing their lives are just as bad, albeit largely above ground, and why new versions of zombies keep turning up with current concerns about society and science. Contributors comment on Italian zombies in films, apocalyptic zombies, gendered zombies, Romero's zombies according to feminism, hybrid zombies, gaming zombies, online zombies, recreating zombies, and the particulars of zombie sex, drugs and rock and roll. The editors provide a very helpful filmography and the cover art is hilarious. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Zombie Culture examines the living dead through a variety of lenses. By looking at how portrayals of zombies have evolved from their folkloric roots and entered popular culture, readers will gain deeper insights into what zombies mean in terms of the public psyche, how they represent societal fears, and how their evolving portrayals continue to reflect underlying beliefs of The Other, contagion, and death.

About the Author

Andrew Whelan teaches sociology at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

Ruth Walker teaches academic writing at the University of Wollongong, Australia.
Chris Moore is a lecturer in media communication at Deakin University, Australia.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Section 1: Zombification in the corporate university

First as tragedy, then as corpse

Andrew Whelan

and#8216;Beingand#8217; post-death at Zombie University

Rowena Harper

University life, zombie states and reanimation

Rowan Wilken and Christian McCrea

The living dead and the dead living: contagion and complicity in contemporary universities

Holly Randell-Moon, Sue Saltmarsh and Wendy Sutherland-Smith

Zombie solidarity

Ann Deslandes and Kristian Adamson

The Journal of Doctor Wallace

David Slattery

Section 2: Moribund content and infectious technologies

Zombie processes and undead technologies

Christopher Moore

The botnet: webs of hegemony/zombies who publish

Martin Paul Eve

The intranet of the living dead: software and universities

Jonathan Paul Marshall

Virtual learning environments and the zombification of learning and teaching in British universities

Nick Pearce and Elaine Tan

Mapping zombies: a guide for digital pre-apocalyptic analysis and post-apocalyptic survival

Mark Graham, Taylor Shelton and Matthew Zook

Infectious textbooks

Gordon S. Carlson and James J. Sosnoski

Section 3: Zombie literacies and pedagogies

Undead universities, the plagiarism and#8216;plagueand#8217;, paranoia and hypercitation

Ruth Walker

EAP programmes feeding the living dead of academia: critical thinking as a global antibody

Sara Felix

Zombies in the classroom: education as consumption in two novels by Joyce Carol Oates

Sherry R. Truffin

Queer pedagogies in zombie times: parody, neo-liberalism and high-education

Daniel Marshall

Zombies are us: the living dead as a tool for pedagogical reflection

Shaun Kimber

Escaping the zombie threat by mathematics

Hans Petter Landtangen, Kent-Andre Mardal and Pand#229;l Rand#248;tnes

Toward a zombie pedagogy: embodied teaching and the student 2.0

Jesse Stommel

Section 4: The post-apocalyptic terrain

and#8216;Sois mort et tais toiand#8217;: zombie mobs and student protests

Sarah Juliet Lauro

Living-dead manand#8217;s shoes? Teaching and researching glossy topics in a harsh social and cultural context

David Beer

Feverish homeless cannibal

George Pfau

A report on the global Viral Z outbreak and its impact on higher education

Howard M. Gregory II and Annie Jeffrey

Bibliography

List of contributors

Index

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780810860438
Author:
Mcintosh, Shawn
Publisher:
Scarecrow Press
Other:
McIntosh, Shawn
Editor:
McIntosh, Shawn
Editor:
Leverette, Marc
Author:
Walker, Ruth
Author:
McIntosh, Shawn
Author:
McIntosh Shawn
Author:
Whelan, Andrew
Author:
Moore, Christopher
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Zombie films.
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Zombie films - History and criticism
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Subject:
Film - General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20080231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
34 halftones
Pages:
401
Dimensions:
9 x 7 x 0.9 in

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