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The Plantation to the Apocalypse: Zombies and the Non/Human in The Walking Dead and A Questionable Shape

  • Christopher Lloyd
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Abstract

This chapter continues to think about the legacies of the plantation in contemporary texts by focusing on two zombie narratives: AMC’s television series The Walking Dead (2010–) and Bennett Sims’ novel A Questionable Shape (2013). Beginning with a consideration of the post-apocalyptic genre in the southern imaginary, the chapter then reviews the zombie’s ubiquity in contemporary culture and theory. Tracking the zombie’s transnational history requires an understanding of its roots in slavery, the Middle Passage, and thus in questions of life and death. Thinking about these ideas briefly in relation to The Walking Dead, the chapter turns to Sims’ novel for the way it engages questions of the human and memories of southern disaster. The novel’s focus on the zombie as an emblem of memory will be discussed in relation to biopolitics, racializing assemblages, and the turn to the posthuman.

Keywords

Zombies Bennett Sims The Walking Dead Posthuman Hurricane Katrina A Questionable Shape 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher Lloyd
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  1. 1.School of HumanitiesUniversity of HertfordshireHatfieldUK

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