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Undead ApocalypseVampires and Zombies in the 21st Century$
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Stacey Abbott

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780748694907

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694907.001.0001

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‘Be Me’: I-Vampire/I-Zombie

‘Be Me’: I-Vampire/I-Zombie

(p.142) Chapter 6 ‘Be Me’: I-Vampire/I-Zombie
Undead Apocalypse

Stacey Abbott

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the adoption and development of the first person narrative format within vampire, and more recently zombie, film and television. It considers how this trope has contributed to the rise of the sympathetic/romantic vampire figure from the Byronic hero within Polidori’s The Vampyre to Interview with the Vampire and Byzantium and the subsequent rise of the sympathetic zombie. This chapter questions if this first person point of view empties the vampire and zombie of symbolic agency, or manipulates the genre to explore new meanings. It considers how the genres of the vampire and the zombie are increasingly interconnected, moving away from themes of apocalypse and cultural anxiety to explore questions of identity and the self within a changing world, effectively queering the vampire and zombie for new audiences.Case studies include Let the Right One In, Byzantium, Only Lovers Left Alive, Warm Bodies, Colin, and In the Flesh.

Keywords:   Vampire, Zombie, First person narrative, perspective, Sympathetic, Byronic hero, Romance, Queering

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