Handling the Undead

In his new novel, John Ajvide Lindqvist does for zombies what his previous novel, Let the Right One In, did for vampires.

Author: John Ajvide Lindqvist

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1429940697

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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In his new novel, John Ajvide Lindqvist does for zombies what his previous novel, Let the Right One In, did for vampires. Across Stockholm the power grid has gone crazy. In the morgue and in cemeteries, the recently deceased are waking up. One grandfather is alight with hope that his grandson will be returned, but one husband is aghast at what his adored wife has become. A horror novel that transcends its genre by showing what the return of the dead might really mean to those who loved them.

Encyclopedia of the Zombie The Walking Dead in Popular Culture and Myth

hANDLiNg thE UNDEAD HANDLING THE UNDEAD Handling the Undead is a 2005 horror novel by Swedish authorJohn Ajvide Lindqvist (1968– ). It is his fictional reaction against contemporary American representations of the zombie as an abject ...

Author: June Michele Pulliam

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440803895

Category: Social Science

Page: 381

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A fascinating read for anyone from general readers to hardcore fans and scholars, this encyclopedia covers virtually every aspect of the zombie as cultural phenomenon, including film, literature, folklore, music, video games, and events. The proliferation of zombie-related fiction, film, games, events, and other media in the last decade would seem to indicate that zombies are "the new vampires" in popular culture. The editors and contributors of Encyclopedia of the Zombie: The Walking Dead in Popular Culture and Myth took on the prodigious task of covering all aspects of the phenomenon, from the less-known historical and cultural origins of the zombie myth to the significant works of film and literature as well as video games in the modern day that feature the insatiable, relentless zombie character. The encyclopedia examines a wide range of significant topics pertaining to zombies, such as zombies in the pulp magazines; the creation of the figure of the zuvembie to subvert decades of censorship by the Comics Code of Authority; Humans vs. Zombies, a popular zombie-themed game played on college campuses across the country; and annual Halloween zombie walks. Organized alphabetically to facilitate use of the encyclopedia as a research tool, it also includes entries on important scholarly works in the expanding field of zombie studies. • Provides comprehensive coverage of topics about or relating to zombies in film, literature, folklore, and popular culture • Features work from contributors who are dedicated scholars, authors, or fans in the zombie genre of work • Supplies dates with all names and works to give readers a sense of the historical context and evolution of zombie lore • Includes concept entries—for example, comedy, free will, and weapons—that place works in a logical, thematic context

A History of Evil in Popular Culture What Hannibal Lecter Stephen King and Vampires Reveal About America 2 volumes

While the zombies in Shaun ofthe Dead and 28 Days Later reveal how American capitalism has transformed human relations the world over, the creatures' treatment in Swedish novelist John Lindqvist's Handling the Undead (2005) and in the ...

Author: Sharon Packer MD

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780313397714

Category: Social Science

Page: 825

View: 339


Evil isn't simply an abstract theological or philosophical talking point. In our society, the idea of evil feeds entertainment, manifests in all sorts of media, and is a root concept in our collective psyche. This accessible and appealing book examines what evil means to us. • Includes the insights of scholars from widely different academic fields to inspect evil from various points of view, giving readers a broader perspective on the topic • Compiles expert opinions from American, American expatriate, European, Asian, and Middle Eastern contributors • Covers the portrayal of evil in many different forms of media—film, television, music, art, video games, literature, poetry—as well as in politics, current events, and the legal arena

The Written Dead

Lindqvist, Handling the Undead, 216. 23. Frater, First Days, 27. 24. Ibid., 229. 25. mcKinney, Dead City, 192. 26. Ibid., 101. 27. Keene, Rising, 106. 28. Ibid., 43. 29. browne, Breathers, 238. 30. Gregory, Raising Stony Mayhall, 164.

Author: Kyle William Bishop

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476665641

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 226

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From Victor Halperin's White Zombie (1932) to George A. Romero's landmark Night of the Living Dead (1968) and AMC's hugely successful The Walking Dead (2010-), zombie mythology has become an integral part of popular culture. In a reversal of the typical pattern of adaptation, the zombie developed onscreen before appearing in short stories and comic books during the 20th century, and more recently as subjects of more traditional novels. This collection of new essays examines some of the most influential and inventive zombie literature, from the early stories to the most recent narratives, including some told from a zombie perspective.

Horror Literature and Dark Fantasy

However, Ajvide Lindqvist's second horror novel Handling the Undead ([2005]2009a) is even more explicit about changes in the Swedish political landscape, from the murder of Prime Minister Olof Palme in 1986 to the rise of the far right ...

Author: Mark A. Fabrizi

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004366251

Category: Education

Page: 191

View: 486


In Horror Literature and Dark Fantasy: Challenging Genres, more than a dozen scholars and teachers explore the pedagogical value of using horror literature in the classroom to teach critical literacy skills to students in secondary schools and higher education.

Making Sense of Pain Critical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Abstract John Ajvide Lindqvist's novel Handling the Undead (2005) has a zombie theme. In this article I argue that the Swedish zombie is very much formed by — or part of— a typically Scandinavian literary context.

Author: Jane Fernandez

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9781848880368

Category: Social Science

Page: 293

View: 600


This conference proceeding provides an attempt to extend the conversation on pain; the boundaries of the word painA are characteristically blurred by connotations of suffering and trauma. The variety of papers in this collection transgress these boundaries knowingly, inviting a more expansive rather than narrow definition of pain.

Monster Culture in the 21st Century

9 John Ajvide Lindqvist, Handling the Undead, trans. Ebba Segerburg (London: Quercus, 2009). Ulrich Beck, Risk Society: Towards a New Modernity (London: Sage, 1992); and Anthony Giddens, Modernity and Self-identity: Self and Society in ...

Author: Marina Levina

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781441193261

Category: Social Science

Page: 344

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In the past decade, our rapidly changing world faced terrorism, global epidemics, economic and social strife, new communication technologies, immigration, and climate change to name a few. These fears and tensions reflect an evermore-interconnected global environment where increased mobility of people, technologies, and disease have produced great social, political, and economical uncertainty. The essays in this collection examine how monstrosity has been used to manage these rising fears and tensions. Analyzing popular films and televisions shows, such as True Blood, Twilight, Paranormal Activity, District 9, Battlestar Galactica, and Avatar, it argues that monstrous narratives of the past decade have become omnipresent specifically because they represent collective social anxieties over resisting and embracing change in the 21st century. The first comprehensive text that uses monstrosity not just as a metaphor for change, but rather a necessary condition through which change is lived and experienced in the 21st century, this approach introduces a different perspective toward the study of monstrosity in culture.

Contemporary World Fiction

Related title by the same author: Readers may also enjoy Handling the Undead, in which the dead really do come back to life and cause untold problems for the people who have already mourned their loss. And what will the country as a ...

Author: Juris Dilevko

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781591583530


Page: 526

View: 170


This much-needed guide to translated literature offers readers the opportunity to hear from, learn about, and perhaps better understand our shrinking world from the perspective of insiders from many cultures and traditions. In a globalized world, knowledge about non-North American societies and cultures is a must. Contemporary World Fiction: A Guide to Literature in Translation provides an overview of the tremendous range and scope of translated world fiction available in English. In so doing, it will help readers get a sense of the vast world beyond North America that is conveyed by fiction titles from dozens of countries and language traditions. Within the guide, approximately 1,000 contemporary non-English-language fiction titles are fully annotated and thousands of others are listed. Organization is primarily by language, as language often reflects cultural cohesion better than national borders or geographies, but also by country and culture. In addition to contemporary titles, each chapter features a brief overview of earlier translated fiction from the group. The guide also provides in-depth bibliographic essays for each chapter that will enable librarians and library users to further explore the literature of numerous languages and cultural traditions. * Over 1,000 annotated contemporary world fiction titles, featuring author's name; title; translator; publisher and place of publication; genre/literary style/story type; an annotation; related works by the author; subject keywords; and original language * 9 introductory overviews about classic world fiction titles * Extensive bibliographical essays about fiction traditions in other countries * 5 indexes: annotated authors, annotated titles, translators, nations, and subjects/keywords

Gothic Transgressions

(Lindqvist, Handling the Undead 83) Then there is Maja, a child in the novel Harbour. Maja does not die, she simply disappears one day. Her parents take her along on a trip to the Lighthouse of Gåvasten, located on one of the islands of ...

Author: Ellen Redling

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 9783643903648

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 273

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The articles in this volume discuss specific ways in which the Gothic transgresses boundaries, be they historical, spatial, national, aesthetic, generic, modal, medial, or sexual. Offering a wide range in every respect - from 'Proto' to 'Post-Gothic,' from mythical to digital, from national to 'Globalgothic,' from metropolitan to 'EcoGothic,' from traditional to 'Candygothic,' from novel to film and from Shakespeare to Steampunk - this collection aims to enrich as well as extend the scholarly debate on the Gothic as a multi-faceted mode of expression that goes beyond limits and, much like a vampire, constantly refreshes itself by feeding on the lifeblood of topical issues. (Series: Culture: Research and Science / Kultur: Forschung und Wissenschaft - Vol. 19) [Subject: Popular Culture, Literary Criticism]