The Walking Med: Zombies and the Medical Image

Paperback | November 15, 2016

EditorLorenzo Servitje, Sherryl VintForeword bySteven C. Schlozman

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The zombie craze has infected popular culture with the intensity of a viral outbreak, propagating itself through text, television, film, video games, and many other forms of media. As a metaphor, zombies may represent political notions, such as the return of the repressed violence of colonialism, or the embodiment of a culture obsessed with consumerism. Increasingly, they are understood and depicted as a medicalized phenomenon: creatures transformed by disease into a threatening vector of contagion.

The Walking Med brings together scholars from across the disciplines of cultural studies, medical education, medical anthropology, and art history to explore what new meanings the zombie might convey in this context. These scholars consider a range of forms—from comics disseminated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to graphic novels and television shows such as The Walking Dead—to show how interrogations of the zombie metaphor can reveal new perspectives within the medical humanities.

An unprecedented forum for dialogue between cultural studies of zombies and graphic medicine, The Walking Med is an invaluable contribution to both areas of study, as well as a potent commentary on one of popular culture’s most invasive and haunting figures.

In addition to the editors, the contributors are Tully Barnett, Gerry Canavan, Daniel George, Michael Green, Ben Kooyman, Sarah Juliet Lauro, Juliet McMullin, Kari Nixon, Steven Schlozman, Dan Smith, and Darryl Wilkinson.

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The zombie craze has infected popular culture with the intensity of a viral outbreak, propagating itself through text, television, film, video games, and many other forms of media. As a metaphor, zombies may represent political notions, such as the return of the repressed violence of colonialism, or the embodiment of a culture obsessed...

Lorenzo Servitje is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of California, Riverside, and the coeditor of Endemic: Essays in Contagion Theory.Sherryl Vint is Professor and Director of the Speculative Fiction and Cultures of Science program at the University of California, Riverside, editor of Science Fiction and Cultural Theory:...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9.02 × 6.05 × 0.67 inPublished:November 15, 2016Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword

Steve Schlozman

Preface

Lorenzo Servitje and Sherryl Vint

Introduction

Lorenzo Servitje

Diagnosing Zombie Culture

1. Don’t Point that Gun at My Mum: Geriatric Zombies

Gerry Canavan

2. Viral Virulence, Postmodern Zombies, and the American Healthcare Enterprise in the Antibiotic Age

Kari Nixon

3. “The Cure Has Killed Us All”: Dramatizing Medical Ethics through Zombie and Period Fiction Tropes in The New Deadwardians

Tully Barnet and Ben Kooyman

Reading the Zombie Metaphor

4. The Walking Med: Zombies, Comics, and Medical Education

Michael Green, Daniel George, and Darryl Wilkinson

5. Zombie Toxins: Abjection and Cancer’s chemicals

Juliet McMullin

6. Administering the Crisis: Zombies and Public Health in the 28 Days Later Comic Series

Sherryl Vint

Visualizing Medical Zombies

7. Blurred Lines and Human Objects: The Zombie Art of George Pfau

Sarah Juliet Lauro

8. Open Up a Few Zombie Brains: Objectivity, Medical Visuality, Brain Imaging in The Zombie Autopsies

Lorenzo Servitje

9. The Anorexic as Zombie Witness: Illness and Recovery in Katie Green’s Lighter Than My Shadow

Dan Smith

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The Walking Med represents interdisciplinary scholarship at its best, situating the necropolitical stakes of zombie media in relation to the undead tropes of clinical discourse, addressing the liminal condition of the body—even life itself—under the regime of contemporary biomedicine. Ghastly smart stuff!”

—Colin Milburn, author of Mondo Nano: Fun and Games in the World of Digital Matter