Zombiescapes and Phantom Zones

Like Charon, who ferries travelers across the River Styx to the Underworld, Mr. Ice takes the crew to a phantom zone where “Time . . . is abolish'd” (659); he says that the Ghosters' “entire lives are engulf'd unceasingly in change.

Author: Lee Rozelle

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

ISBN: 9780817319267

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 147

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Lee Rozelle's Zombiescapes and Phantom Zones is a study of the natural world as imagined by contemporary writers, specifically their portrayals of nature as monster--toxified, ruined, abandoned, apocalyptic--and explorations of literary landfills, concrete islands, toxic dumps, deserted cities, tourist traps, and test sites.

A Research Guide to Gothic Literature in English

Zombiescapes and Phantom Zones: Ecocriticism and the Liminal from Invisible Man to The Walking Dead. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2016. 147 pp. MONSTERS AND GHOSTS Monsters have frightened and fascinated humans for centuries ...

Author: Sherri L. Brown

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442277489

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 252

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The Gothic began as a designation for barbarian tribes, was associated with the cathedrals of the High Middle Ages, was used to describe a marginalized literature in the late eighteenth century, and continues today in a variety of forms (literature, film, graphic novel, video games, and other narrative and artistic forms). Unlike other recent books in the field that focus on certain aspects of the Gothic, this work directs researchers to seminal and significant resources on all of its aspects. Annotations will help researchers determine what materials best suit their needs. A Research Guide to Gothic Literature in English covers Gothic cultural artifacts such as literature, film, graphic novels, and videogames. This authoritative guide equips researchers with valuable recent information about noteworthy resources that they can use to study the Gothic effectively and thoroughly.

Surreal Entanglements

Lee Rozelle is the author of Zombiescapes and Phantom Zones and Ecosublime. He publishes scholarly articles in ... A professor of English at the University of Montevallo, his areas of expertise are ecocriticism and critical theory.

Author: Louise Economides

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000388343

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 280

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This edited collection approaches the most pressing discourses of the Anthropocene and posthumanist culture through the surreal, yet instructive lens of Jeff VanderMeer’s fiction. In contrast to universalist and essentializing ways of responding to new material realities, VanderMeer’s work invites us to re-imagine human subjectivity and other collectivities in the light of historically unique entanglements we face today: the ecological, technological, aesthetic, epistemological, and political challenges of life in the Anthropocene era. Situating these messy, multi-scalar, material complexities of life in close relation to their ecological, material, and colonialist histories, his fiction renders them at once troublingly familiar and strangely generative of other potentialities and insight. The collection measures VanderMeer’s work as a new kind of speculative surrealism, his texts capturing the strangeness of navigating a world in which "nature" has become radically uncanny due to global climate change and powerful bio-technologies. The first collection to survey academic engagements with VanderMeer, this book brings together scholars in the fields of environmental literature, science fiction, genre studies, American literary history, philosophy of technology, and digital cultures to reflect on the environmentally, culturally, aesthetically, and politically central questions his fiction poses to predominant understandings of the Anthropocene.

Don DeLillo

In Zombiescapes and Phantom Zones: Ecocriticism and the Liminal from Invisible Man to The Walking Dead, 30–57 Tusclaloosa: University of Alabama, 2016. Ruckh, W. Eric. Theorizing Globalization: At the Intersection of Bataille's Solar ...

Author: Katherine Da Cunha Lewin

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350040878

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 216

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Don DeLillo is widely regarded as one of the most significant, and prescient, writers of our time. Since the 1960s, DeLillo's fiction has been at the cutting edge of thought on American identity, globalization, technology, environmental destruction, and terrorism, always with a distinctively macabre and humorous eye. Don DeLillo: Contemporary Critical Perspectives brings together leading scholars of the contemporary American novel to guide readers through DeLillo's oeuvre, from his early short stories through to 2016's Zero K, including his theatrical work. As well as critically exploring DeLillo's engagement with key contemporary themes, the book also includes a new interview with the author, annotated guides to further reading, and a chronology of his life and work.

Unplugging Popular Culture

Ronda, Margaret. “Obsolesce.” Veer Ecology: A Companion for Environmental Thinking. University of Minnesota Press, 2017, pp. 76–89. Rozelle, Lee. Zombiescapes & Phantom Zones: Ecocriticism and the Liminal From Invisible Man ...

Author: K. Shannon Howard

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429960529

Category: Social Science

Page: 166

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Unplugging Popular Culture showcases youth and young adult characters from film and television who defy the stereotype of the "digital native" who acts as an unquestioning devotee to screened technologies like the smartphone. In this study, unplugged tools, or non-digital tools, do not necessitate a ban on technology or a refusal to acknowledge its affordances but work instead to highlight the ability of fictional characters to move from high tech settings to low tech ones. By repurposing everyday materials, characters model the process of reusing and upcycling existing materials in innovative ways. In studying examples such as Pitch Perfect, Supernatural, Stranger Things, and Get Out, the book aims to make theories surrounding materiality apparent within popular culture and to help today’s readers reconsider stereotypes of the young people they encounter on a daily basis.