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Dissertation - University Access Only
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Department / School
This essay investigates the pervasiveness of the zombie figure in American culture as well as the recent renaissance of zombie literature and film after the 9/11 event. It argues that an application of René Girard’s theories on regenerative violence and ritualistic sacrifice on millennial zombie narratives exposes several contemporary anxieties, including a fear of external threats to the nation, an internal use of legitimate and illegitimate violence, and a continued use of the scapegoat mechanism. By analyzing the effects of violence on society, the essay briefly concludes that millennial zombie narratives suggest that the failure to recognize our violent nature proves detrimental for society.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Zombies in literature
Violence in literature
Violence in motion pictures
Includes bibliographical references (pages 91-95)
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
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Vorste, Susanna Vander, "Consuming Masses:The Zombie Figure in Twenty-first Century Post-apocalyptic Literature and Film" (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2070.