Against the Grain

What Zombies Tell Us About Our Times

Zombies are almost the mascots of our dark times. Hard to avoid in popular culture, they have become so ubiquitous that even the Centers for Disease Control put out a tongue in cheek guide to surviving the zombie apocalypse. Sarah Juliet Lauro discusses the origins of the zombie, from enslaved worker to liberated rebel in revolutionary Haiti, to the consumer zombie of the 1960s, and today’s anxiety about societal collapse. (Encore broadcast.)

Resources:

Sarah Juliet Lauro (ed.), Zombie Theory: A Reader University of Minnesota Press, 2017

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