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Jason Haslam and Joel Faflak

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474401616

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474401616.001.0001

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Consumed out of the Good Land: The American Zombie, Geopolitics and the Post-War World

Consumed out of the Good Land: The American Zombie, Geopolitics and the Post-War World

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(p.222) Chapter 12 Consumed out of the Good Land: The American Zombie, Geopolitics and the Post-War World
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American Gothic Culture
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Linnie Blake

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474401616.003.0013

This chapter argues that post-WWII zombie narratives offer a terrifying allegory of national selfhood. The traumatic dislocations of post-war geopolitics range from 1950s’ fear of communist infiltration and nuclear annihilation to Vietnam’s neo-colonialist catastrophe, and from 1970s’ consumer fetishism and economic collapse to the contemporary dominance of globalization. In the zombie horde’s total disregard for national borders, reducing survivors to traumatized sub-humans huddled in the wreckage of civil society, we see the gothic interrogation of our current economic problems, specifically the transformative impact of global neoliberalism.

Keywords:   Gothic, American Gothic, Zombies, Neoliberalism

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