Tag: Identity


The Diagnosis


If we are going to set about finding a cure for the zombie infestation, we need to understand why they are here in the first place. Zombies, like any other monster, attacks an identity that is unsure of itself.  The popularity of the zombie suggests that it is our collective identity...

People Without Stories


To be human, is to tell stories. Not only do we tell stories, we also live them. We know who we are because of our lived stories. Narrative identity is a person’s internal and developing life story.  We construct a past and inegrate it with an imagined future in order to give our life some degree...

I’m Out of Ammo!


An individual zombie is almost no threat to any healthy adult. It can be easily outrun or dispatched by a decent blow to the head. What makes zombies a threat is that there are so many of them and their bite results in the absorption of their victims into the...

The Modern Identity and the Monster


The horror story in general, turns fear, “whether personal or social, into a specific type of monster; and seeks to contain and destroy it” (Worland 17). The zombie is the most popular monster in our modern horror stories.  So the walking dead must be a product of some collective anxiety...

Zombie Apocalypse


The word apocalypse is often equated with downed power lines, collapsed buildings and the looting of electronics stores (which doesn't make much sense given the downed power lines). Add a huge herd of zombies to the mayhem and you have the zombie apocalypse. "Apocalypse" (Ἀποκάλυψις) is a Greek word meaning...

Zombies—A New Kind of Monster


The idea of the dead walking among the living has been around for a long time. In Inferno, Dante meets Fra Albergio who tells him of traitors like himself who are dead before their bodies die. Dante is horrified; he has seen one of these men the friar describes, one...