Monday, February 22, 2016

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Book Review: Zombies and Sexuality

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.

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When this book first landed on my doorstep, I couldn't help but smile at the topic. Zombies fit in so well with everything geeky and sexuality has long been an area of interest. Somehow though, I missed that this was an academic tome. I'm guessing it's due to my excitement over the title. I completely skipped over reading the back of the book before diving in.

So what did I think? I really enjoyed it. It gave my brain, which has been reading a lot of very simple books, a chance to stretch and expand and gave it a bit of a challenge. The topics were interesting and while I hadn't seen any of the movies referenced in it, the authors made sure that the context and content was such that I didn't need to.

My recommendation? If you're not afraid of stretching your brain cells, if big words don't scare you, and you're interested in this topic, pick up the book. Be prepared for a very academic read that isn't light and isn't casual, but just might get you thinking.

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I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments, and opinions are my own.

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