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Undead Uprising: Haiti, Horror and the Zombie Complex

Cussans, John ORCID: (2017) Undead Uprising: Haiti, Horror and the Zombie Complex. Strange Attractor/MIT, United Kingdom. ISBN 9781907222474

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Undead Uprising: Haiti, Horror and the Zombie Complex traces the history of xenophobic representations of Haiti and Vodou through the chimerical optics of ‘voodoo-terror’. It asks how sensationalist depictions of Vodou in popular culture and mass media have obscured the historical, political and social realities of Haiti – the first slave-free republic of modern times – and how they continue to perpetuate an idea of Haiti as a land mired in primitive superstition and incapable of socio-economic progress. Returning the contemporary zombie figure to its origins in the plantation economy of Saint-Domingue, the religion of the African slaves who worked there and colonial fears about slave rebellions, Undead Uprising explores the philosophical, psychological and political debates associated with these incessant 'agents-without-autonomy', and argues for their continued relevance for contemporary cultural politics.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: Haiti, Zombies, Horror, Colonialism, Race, Cinema, psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GR Folklore
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HS Societies secret benevolent etc
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
J Political Science > JL Political institutions (America except United States)
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Arts
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Depositing User: John Cussans
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2020 15:05
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2020 17:13

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