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Lucio Fulci and the Decaying Definition of Zombie Narratives

Steven Zani and Kevin Meaux

in Better Off Dead

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780823234462
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823241255 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823234462.003.0008
Lucio Fulci and the Decaying Definition of Zombie Narratives

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This chapter addresses the dynamic variations of zombie genesis as represented in the films of Lucio Fulci arguing that the very multiplicity of origins renders the origin immaterial. Rather, it argues, these zombie narratives focus our attention on the failure of social institutions and the cannibalistic nature of human interactions. By demonstrating the remarkable consistencies to be found between historical and literary accounts of plague outbreaks, like Boccaccio's The Decameron and Defoe's A Journal of the Plague Year, and the more contemporary zombie scourges exemplified in Fulci's films, this chapter challenges the concept of causality as an imperative factor in apocalyptic narrative.

Keywords: Fulci; horror film; zombie; Boccaccio; Daniel Dafoe; plague; Apocalypse

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Subjects: Literature

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