The book I am co-editing with Shaka McGlotten - Zombies and Sexuality: Essays on Desire and the Living Dead - is due out at the end of the year. The volume is now available for pre-order from McFarland and Amazon (and all good retailers).
About the Book
Since the early 2000s, zombies have increasingly swarmed the landscape of popular culture, with ever more diverse representations of the undead being imagined. A growing number of zombie narratives have introduced sexual themes, endowing the living dead with their own sexual identity. The unpleasant idea of the sexual zombie is itself provocative, triggering questions about the nature of desire, sex, sexuality, and the politics of our sexual behaviors. However, the notion of zombie sex has been largely unaddressed in scholarship.
This collection addresses that unexamined aspect of zombiedom, with essays engaging a variety of media texts, including graphic novels, films, television, pornography, literature, and internet meme culture. The essayists are scholars from a variety of disciplines, including history, theology, film studies, and gender and queer studies. Covering The Walking Dead, Warm Bodies, and Bruce LaBruce’s zombie-porn movies, this work investigates the cultural, political and philosophical issues raised by undead sex and zombie sexuality.
Table of Contents
- Introduction: Zombie Sex (Steve Jones and Shaka McGlotten)
- Take, Eat, These Are My Brains: Queer Zombie Jesus (Max Thornton)
- Victorian Values: Necrophilia and the Nineteenth Century in Zombie Films (Marcus Harmes)
- A Love Worth Un-Undying For: Neoliberalism and Queered Sexuality in Warm Bodies (Sasha Cocarla)
- For a Good Time Just Scream: Sex Work and Plastic Sexuality in "Dystopicmodern Literature" (Denise N. Cook)
- Laid to Rest: Romance, End of the World Sexuality and Apocalyptic Anticipation in Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead (Emma Vossen)
- Queering and Cripping the End of the World: Disability, Sexuality and Race in The Walking Dead (Cathy Hannabach)
- Re-Animating the Social Order: Zombies and Queer Failure (Trevor Grizzell)
- Gay Zombies: Consuming Masculinity and Community in Bruce LaBruce’s Otto; or, Up with Dead People and L.A. Zombie (Darren Elliott-Smith)
- "I Eat Brains … or Dick": Sexual Subjectivity and the Hierarchy of the Undead in Hardcore Film (Laura Helen Marks)
- Pretty, Dead: Sociosexuality, Rationality and the Transition into Zom-Being (Steve Jones)