publication . Article . 2016

Figures of terror: The “zombie” and the Haitian Revolution

Hoermann, Raphael;
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  • Published: 27 Oct 2016 Journal: Atlantic Studies, volume 14, pages 152-173 (issn: 1478-8810, eissn: 1740-4649, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Informa UK Limited
  • Country: United Kingdom
ABSTRACTThis article investigates the relation of the figure of the zombie to the Haitian Revolution, the only successful slave revolution in the Atlantic World. While existing research often stresses the strong link between the zombie and the slave, this is not borne out by the contemporary discourse on the Haitian Revolution. Whereas horror and terror are associated with the zombie from its inception, it is only with the US occupation of Haiti (1915–1934) that US-American writers and directors invented the zombie of popular North Atlantic culture: a soulless slave without consciousness directed by a zombie master. As I argue, this amounts to a neo-colonialist ...
free text keywords: Literature and Literary Theory, Cultural Studies, History, Zombie, American studies, Consciousness, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Atlantic World, Literature, business.industry, business, Anthropology, Q200, T700, T734
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