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Zombies in Isaac Marion’s Warm Bodies and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay offers an analysis of zombie-like characters in Isaac Marion’sWarm Bodies (2010) and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road (2006), which are both situated in a post apocalyptic world.

The zombie-like characters in the novels will be read as representing several societal issues and contemporary fears, such as the downsides of capitalism, the falseness of cultural institutions and economic inequality. These claims will be discussed in light of recent research and argued for through close readings of the novels. This essay shows how the zombie-like characters in Warm Bodies and The Road represent these issues, how they compare to traditional zombies, (usually referred to as “zombie ghouls” or “Romero zombies”), humans and what these specific differences might represent.

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Zombies, otherness, apocalypse, trauma, society, cannibals
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-86960OAI: diva2:600076
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Available from: 2014-01-22 Created: 2013-01-23 Last updated: 2014-01-22Bibliographically approved

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