Undeath in Paradise: The Humanity of the Zombie in (Religious) Utopias

Madelon Hoedt

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The words ‘utopia’ and ‘zombie’ are likely to conjure up strong images in the mind of the reader. The first makes one think of perfection, of happiness, of something new and better; the other, of the monstrous, of death and decay. Despite the fact that these images are arguably the most common, one can question their validity: can it be said that utopias are always perfect, and are the undead always monstrous? In this paper, I aim to explore the concepts relating to both utopias and zombies and the possible connections between the two, including a reading of the undead in light of the ultimate utopia: Paradise. In the light of these analyses, I propose a more positive approach to the figure of the zombie, which will be discussed as a counterpoint to the commonly held views of (religious) utopias.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages23
Journal[sic] - a journal of literature, culture and literary translation
VolumeYear 5
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015
Externally publishedYes


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