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From Monster to Culture Hero- Zombies, Mass Culture, and the Horrors of Capitalism

17th August 2011, 17:30 to 18:30, Alington House, Durham, Matthias Mösch

A Late Summer Public Lecture organised by postgraduates in the Department of English Studies.

With more zombie movies released in the last decade than in the entire century before, Zombie Survival Guides selling millions of copies, research societies modelling anticipated outbreaks, and every major city in North America and the UK featuring its own Zombie walk where hundreds to thousands of people roam moaning about the streets, the “undead” have long become a fundamental fantasy of contemporary mass culture. This lecture will show why these creatures have become so pervasive and why we secretly like them. After providing an aetiology of the zombie myth, from its beginnings inHaitito its xenophobic appropriations on the American silver screen, it will discuss the work of film director George A. Romero, who not only established the zombie film as a genre in its own right but also made the horror cinema a medium of overt protest and subversion.

Contact late-summer.lectures@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.

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