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The CaribbeanAesthetics, World-Ecology, Politics$
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Chris Campbell and Michael Niblett

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781781382950

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781382950.001.0001

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Zombies, Gender, and World-Ecology: Gothic Narrative in the Work of Ana Lydia Vega and Mayra Montero

Zombies, Gender, and World-Ecology: Gothic Narrative in the Work of Ana Lydia Vega and Mayra Montero

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(p.46) Chapter Two Zombies, Gender, and World-Ecology: Gothic Narrative in the Work of Ana Lydia Vega and Mayra Montero
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The Caribbean
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Kerstin Oloff

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781382950.003.0004

In this chapter, Kerstin Oloff posits the zombie as a figure that registers the logic of capitalism-as-world-ecology. She examines the work of two contemporary writers – Puerto Rican Ana Lydia Vega and Cuban-Puerto Rican Mayra Montero – who have engaged with the Gothic from a perspective that is both overtly feminist and consciously ecological. Vega’s ‘Miss Florence’s Trunk’ (1991) and Montero’s You, Darkness(1995) are texts that critically and consciously probe the fault-lines of capitalist modernity, addressing issues of ecology, race and gender within a world context. In both texts, the zombie is merged with, or considered alongside, another classic Gothic figure: the madwoman. Oloff argues that it is through their engagement with the European Gothic and early US zombie films that the texts confront their readers with the Gothic’s gendered and racialized ecological unconscious.

Keywords:   zombies, gender, world-ecology, the Gothic, Mayra Montero, Ana Lydia Vega, sugar frontier, plantation, feminism

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