112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Beyond Life: The Rise of Undead Culture

Session Chair: 
Roland Finger, Cuesta College
Session 2: Friday 10:45am-12:15pm
RCC Meeting Room 5


  1. Manya Wren, California Baptist University
    Although human life is dubious in any George Romero film, the regional auteur breathes life into the zombie culture by personifying their existence in Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead; thus, the audience observes the humanized zombie characters, which provides a hopeful outlook of a grim future, at least for the living-dead.
  2. Andrew Howe, La Sierra University
    The human characters in The Walking Dead navigate a world in which their culture and kinship structures have been obliterated.  Alternate modes of governance are modeled by competing characters, the zombies a mere backdrop to the human drama of power and dominance that is on display.
  3. Arlene Drachslin, California Baptist University
               In Hungarian film director, Károly Lajthay’s Drakula (1921), the original, yet non-extant film   adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897), Victorian female characterization diverges from the threatening depiction of the New Woman for reasons attributed to cultural representation of an Austro-Hungarian, non-Western mentality concerned with conveying social and political messages, via German Expressionism in the art of film.
  4. Allison M. Johnson, University of California, Los Angeles
    In movies, television shows, graphic novels, and fiction, the South, as promised, rises again. 150 years after Gettysburg, the dead of the Civil War do not rest peacefully—and sometimes, they bite. This paper examines the significance of Civil War vampires and what their presence in literary and visual culture reveals about the changing and malleable legacy of the conflict, including the ways in which the causes and effects of the war are understood today.
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