Lauro, Sarah Juliet. The Transatlantic Zombie: Slavery, Rebellion and Living Death.

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Lauro, Sarah Juliet. The Transatlantic Zombie: Slavery, Rebellion and Living Death. Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2015, pp.284, 12 photos, ISBN: 978-0-8135-6883-6.

This work provides a history of the zombie, explaining how the myth's migration to the New World was facilitated by the transatlantic enslavement, and reveals the real-world import of storytelling, reminding us of the power of myths and mythmaking, and the high stakes of appropriation and homage. Beginning with an account of a probable ancestor of the zombie found in the Kongolese and Angolan regions of seventeenth-century Africa and ending with a description of the way, in contemporary culture, new media are used to facilitate zombie-themed events, the author plots the zombie's cultural significance through Caribbean literature, Haitian folklore, and American literature, film, and the visual arts. The zombie entered US consciousness through...

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