The Politics of Race Gender and Sexuality in The Walking Dead

“'You kill or you die, or you die and you kill': Meaning and Violence in AMC's The Walking Dead.” The Journal of Popular Culture 49, no. 6 (2016): 1280–1300. Tesler, Michael. Post-Racial or Most-Racial?: Race and Politics in the Obama ...

Author: Dawn Keetley

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476634760

Category: Performing Arts

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 From the beginning, both Robert Kirkman’s comics and AMC’s series of The Walking Dead have brought controversy in their presentations of race, gender and sexuality. Critics and fans have contended that the show’s identity politics have veered toward the decidedly conservative, offering up traditional understandings of masculinity, femininity, heterosexuality, racial hierarchy and white supremacy. This collection of new essays explores the complicated nature of relationships among the story’s survivors. In the end, characters demonstrate often-surprising shifts that consistently comment on identity politics. Whether agreeing or disagreeing with critics, these essays offer a rich view of how gender, race, class and sexuality intersect in complex new ways in the TV series and comics.

The Politics of Race Gender and Sexuality in The Walking Dead

This collection of new essays explores the complicated nature of relationships among the story's survivors. In the end, characters demonstrate often-surprising shifts that consistently comment on identity politics.

Author: Elizabeth L. Erwin

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476668499

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 200

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From the beginning, both Robert Kirkman's comics and AMC's series of The Walking Dead have brought controversy in their presentations of race, gender and sexuality. Critics and fans have contended that the show's identity politics have veered toward the decidedly conservative, offering up traditional understandings of masculinity, femininity, heterosexuality, racial hierarchy and white supremacy. This collection of new essays explores the complicated nature of relationships among the story's survivors. In the end, characters demonstrate often-surprising shifts that consistently comment on identity politics. Whether agreeing or disagreeing with critics, these essays offer a rich view of how gender, race, class and sexuality intersect in complex new ways in the TV series and comics.

Queering the Family in The Walking Dead

In The Politics of Race, Gender and Sexuality in The Walking Dead: Essays on the Television Series and Comics, ed. Elizabeth L. Erwin and Dawn Keetley, 142–153. Jefferson: McFarland. ackNowledgmeNts I wish to express my gratitude to ...

Author: John R. Ziegler

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319997988

Category: Social Science

Page: 123

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This book traces how The Walking Dead franchise narratively, visually, and rhetorically represents transgressions against heteronormativity and the nuclear family. The introduction argues that The Walking Dead reflects cultural anxiety over threats to the family. Chapter 1 examines the destructive competition created by heteronormativity, such as the conflict between Rick and Shane. Chapter 2 focuses on the actual or attempted participation of characters such as Carol and Negan in queer relationships. Chapter 3 interprets zombies as queer antagonists to heteronormativity, while Chapter 4 explores the incorporation of zombies into the lives of characters such as the Governor and the Whisperers. The conclusion asserts that The Walking Dead presents both queer alternatives to and damaging contradictions within the traditional heterosexual family model, helping to question this model and to consider the struggle of queer American families. Overall, this study holds special interest for students and scholars of queerness, zombies, and the family.

Beyond the Living Dead

2001 American Zombie Gothic: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Walking Dead in Popular Culture. Kyle William Bishop. ... 2018 The Politics of Race, Gender and Sexuality in The Walking Dead: Essays on the Television Series and Comics.

Author: Bruce Peabody

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476642628

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 221

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In 1968, George Romero's film Night of the Living Dead premiered, launching a growing preoccupation with zombies within mass and literary fiction, film, television, and video games. Romero's creativity and enduring influence make him a worthy object of inquiry in his own right, and his long career helps us take stock of the shifting interest in zombies since the 1960s. Examining his work promotes a better understanding of the current state of the zombie and where it is going amidst the political and social turmoil of the twenty-first century. These new essays document, interpret, and explain the meaning of the still-budding Romero legacy, drawing cross-disciplinary perspectives from such fields as literature, political science, philosophy, and comparative film studies. Essays consider some of the sources of Romero's inspiration (including comics, science fiction, and Westerns), chart his influence as a storyteller and a social critic, and consider the legacy he leaves for viewers, artists, and those studying the living dead.

Willful Monstrosity

In The Politics of Race, Gender and Sexuality in The Walking Dead: Essays on the Television Series and Comics, edited by Elizabeth Erwin and Dawn Keetley, 21–30. Jefferson, NC: McFarland. Johnson, Alan. 1988.

Author: Natalie Wilson

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476637266

Category: Social Science

Page: 285

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Taking in a wide range of film, television, and literature, this volume explores 21st century horror and its monsters from an intersectional perspective with a marked emphasis on gender and race. The analysis, which covers over 70 narratives, is organized around four primary monstrous figures--zombies, vampires, witches and monstrous women. Arguing that the current horror renaissance is populated with willful monsters that subvert prevailing cultural norms and systems of power, the discussion reads horror in relation to topics of particular import in the contemporary moment--rampant sexual violence, unbridled capitalist greed, brutality against people of color, militarism, and the patriarchy's refusal to die. Examining ground-breaking films and television shows such as Get Out, Us, The Babadook, A Quiet Place, Stranger Things, Penny Dreadful, and The Passage, as well as works by key authors like Justin Cronin, Carmen Maria Machado, Helen Oyeyemi, Margo Lanagan, and Jeanette Winterson, this monograph offers a thorough account of the horror landscape and what it says about the 21st century world.

Parenting in the Zombie Apocalypse

2001 American Zombie Gothic: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Walking Dead in Popular Culture. Kyle William Bishop. ... 2018 The Politics of Race, Gender and Sexuality in The Walking Dead: Essays on the Television Series and Comics.

Author: Steven J. Kirsh

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476673882

Category: Psychology

Page: 271

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Parenting is difficult under the best of circumstances—but extremely daunting when humanity faces cataclysmic annihilation. When the dead rise, hardship, violence and the ever-present threat of flesh-eating zombies will adversely affect parents and children alike. Depending on their age, children will have little chance of surviving a single encounter with the undead, let alone the unending peril of the Zombie Apocalypse. The key to their survival—and thus the survival of the species—will be the caregiving they receive. Drawing on psychological theory and real-world research on developmental status, grief, trauma, mental illness, and child-rearing in stressful environments, this book critically examines factors influencing parenting, and the likely outcomes of different caregiving techniques in the hypothetical landscape of the living dead.

Race Gender and Sexuality in Post Apocalyptic TV and Film

In particular, the appeal of The Walking Dead continues to grow. This is due in part to the fact that the show uses a classic American monster, as well as depicts post-apocalyptic themes that resonate with modern anxieties shared by the ...

Author: Barbara Gurr

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137493316

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 183

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This book offers analyses of the roles of race, gender, and sexuality in the post-apocalyptic visions of early twenty-first century film and television shows. Contributors examine the production, reproduction, and re-imagination of some of our most deeply held human ideals through sociological, anthropological, historical, and feminist approaches.

The Transmedia Vampire

Her article, “Rules for Surviving Rape Culture in The Walking Dead,” appears The Politics of Race, Gender, and Sexuality in The Walking Dead. Gina Wisker is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Bath, ...

Author: Simon Bacon

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476675749

Category: Literary Criticism

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This book explores vampire narratives that have been expressed across multiple media and new technologies. Stories and characters such as Dracula, Carmilla and even Draculaura from Monster High have been made more "real" through their depictions in narratives produced in and across different platforms. This also allows the consumer to engage on multiple levels with the "vampire world," blurring the boundaries between real and imaginary realms and allowing for different kinds of identity to be created while questioning terms such as "author," "reader," "player" and "consumer." These essays investigate the consequences of such immersion and why the undead world of the transmedia vampire is so well suited to life in the 21st century.

Body and Text Cultural Transformations in New Media Environments

Gaming representation: Race, gender, and sexuality in video games. ... On video games: The visual politics of race, gender and space. ... Dystopian blackness and the limits of racial empathy in The walking dead and The last of us.

Author: David Callahan

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783030251895

Category: Social Science

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This book presents a collection of academic essays that take a fresh look at content and body transformation in the new media, highlighting how old hierarchies and canons of analysis must be revised. The movement of narratives and characterisations across forms, conventionally understood as adaptation, has commonly involved high-status classical forms (drama, epic, novel) being transformed into recorded and broadcast media (film, radio and television), or from the older recorded media to the newer ones. The advent of convergent digital platforms has further transformed hierarchies, and the formation of global conglomerates has created the commercial conditions for ever more lucrative exchanges between different media. Now source texts can move in any direction and take up any configuration, as emerging interacting fan bases drive innovation and new creative and commercial possibilities are deployed. Moreover, transformation may be not just a technology-driven creative practice and response, but at the very centre of the thematic worlds developed in those forms of story-telling which are currently popular: television series, video games, films and novels. The magic transformation of “your” money into “their” money is paralleled in contemporary media and culture by the centrality of transformation of one product to another as a media industry practice, as well as the transformation of bodies as a major theme both in the ensuing media products and in people’s identity practices in daily life.

Post Apocalyptic Patriarchy

Kimmel, Michael S. “Masculinity as Homophobia: Fear, Shame and Silence in the Constitution of Gender Identity.” Feminism and Masculinities. ... We're All Infected: Essays on AMC'S The Walking Dead And the Fate of the Human ...

Author: Carlen Lavigne

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786499069

Category: Social Science

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"Twenty-first century American television series have depicted a variety of doomsday scenarios. The author analyzes these speculative futures in terms of gender, race and sexuality, revealing the fears and ambitions of a patriarchy in flux, exemplified by the "return" to a mythical American frontier and crafts a new world order based on the old"--