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Gothic Science Fiction 1980–2010$
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Sara Wasson and Emily Alder

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781846317071

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846319785

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date: 20 October 2018

Infected with Life: Neo-supernaturalism and the Gothic Zombie

Infected with Life: Neo-supernaturalism and the Gothic Zombie

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(p.102) 6. Infected with Life: Neo-supernaturalism and the Gothic Zombie
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Gothic Science Fiction 1980–2010
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Gwyneth Peaty

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846317071.003.0007

This chapter offers a discussion of ‘neo-supernaturalism’ in zombie films. It notes that the zombies were created in science, through the miscalculations of human technologies, and spreading the horrors of destruction. The chapter further discusses that the concept of the zombie is ‘a reflection of modernity's dependence upon barely understood medical magics’, and becomes a symbolic figure in Gothic science fiction.

Keywords:   neo-supernaturalism, zombie films, zombie, human technologies, medical magics, Gothic science fiction

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