Second Plan Masters. Figure of Zombie as a Part of Literary Staffage: From Survival Horror through Dystopia to Paranormal Romance Cover Image
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Mistrzowie drugiego planu. Motyw zombie w perspektywie literackiego sztafażu – od survival horroru przez dystopię do romansu paranormalnego
Second Plan Masters. Figure of Zombie as a Part of Literary Staffage: From Survival Horror through Dystopia to Paranormal Romance

Author(s): Ksenia Olkusz
Subject(s): Cultural history
Published by: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: zombie; horror; survival horror; fantastyka; literatura popularna

Summary/Abstract: Contemporary pop culture dynamics encourages artists to reconfigure, for instance, a plethora of character patterns. A fine example of such tendency is the trope of zombie associated by the mass imagination with a spiritless horde chasing after living survivors – and the genre meant to support such a narrative is, par excellence, a horror. The presence of zombies in horror does not, however, limit the creativity of authors who, while reinterpreting this trope, are wont to assign zombies a pivotal or tangential role in dystopian, pastiche, or paranormal narratives. The article gathers and sums up all similar tendencies in literature, placing a special emphasis on narrative experiments and recalling a multitude of examples.

  • Issue Year: 450/2015
  • Issue No: 03
  • Page Range: 77-87
  • Page Count: 11