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Author Abbott, Stacey, author

Title Undead apocalypse : vampires and zombies in the 21st century / Stacey Abbott
Published Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2016]
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 225 pages) : color illustrations
Contents Introduction "Needing to Know the Plural of Apocalypse" -- The Legacy of Richard Matheson's I Am Legend -- "Cancer with a Purpose": Putting the Vampire Under the Microscope -- The Cinematic Rising: The Resurgence of the Zombie -- A Very Slow Apocalypse: Zombie TV -- The Hybrid Hero -- "Be Me": I-Vampire/I-Zombie -- How to Survive a Vampire Apocalypse: Or, What to Do When the Vampires are Us -- Afterword They Walk Among Us: Vampires and Zombies in Popular Culture
Summary Twenty-first century film and television is overwhelmed with images of the undead. Vampires and zombies have often been seen as oppositional: one alluring, the other repellant; one seductive, the other infectious. With case studies of films like I Am Legend and 28 Days Later, as well as TV programmes like Angel and The Walking Dead, this book challenges these popular assumptions and reveals the increasing interconnection of undead genres. Exploring how the figure of the vampire has been infused with the language of science, disease and apocalypse, while the zombie text has increasingly been influenced by the trope of the 'reluctant' vampire, Stacey Abbott shows how both archetypes are actually two sides of the same undead coin. When considered together they present a dystopian, sometimes apocalyptic, vision of twenty-first century existence
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Vampire films -- 21st century -- History and criticism.
Vampires on television -- 21st century -- History and criticism.
Zombie films -- 21st century -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0748694927 (electronic bk.)
1474426727 (electronic bk.)
9780748694921 (electronic bk.)
9781474426725 (electronic bk.)