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The Age of the Dead: The Allegorical Function of the Zombie


Thu 20 Sep 2012, 7:00pm–8:45pm

Where: University of Waikato, Knighton Road, Hamilton, Waikato

Restrictions: All Ages

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Dr Gareth Schott will discuss the enduring nature of the shambling undead cannibals we have come to know and love as ‘zombies.’ As a film genre, zombie films have survived 80-years (first appearing in White Zombie, 1932). Some consider them mere “crass exploitation movies” or “pop left-wing action cartoons” (Shaviro, 1993) while others attribute their continued appeal to the cynical nihilism or sophisticated political allegories that pervade these texts.

About the presenter: Dr Schott is a Senior Lecturer in Screen and Media Studies at the University of Waikato. In 2011 he contributed to the first academic volume of scholarly writings devoted to the zombie, Zombies Are Us (Edited by C.M. Moreman & C.J. Rushton).

Venue: S.1.05, at the University of Waikato
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