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Alan Beasley

English 1102
Professor Schley
February 20, 2014
Annotated Bibliography
1. Landau, Elizabeth. Inside Zombie Brains: Sci-Fi Teaches Science. CNN.com. Published on April
25, 2011.
Summary: The overall idea of the article is explaining how a zombie could potentially
occur in real life. Dr. Steven Schlozman, who is featured in the article, claims that a
human could become infected by a virus to become a zombie-like virus. A virus that
could destroy or damage all parts of the brain except for the amygdala (which controls
the fight or flight response) could essentially turn one into a mindless person with
their only goal being to attack people. If said virus is able to pass from person to person
through the air, it would effectively start the equivalent of a zombie apocalypse.
Reflect: This article is helpful as it tells how a zombie could theoretically be alive.
Zombies are almost always considered to be dead, or at the very least more dead than
other supernatural creatures, like vampires. If the scenario that the article points out
comes to pass, then the zombies would technically be alive in a sense, but their brains
would be eaten away.
2. Tenga, Angela and Zimmerman, Elizabeth. Vampire Gentlemen and Zombie Beasts: A
Rendering of True Monstrosity. Manchester University Press. Pg. 76-87.
Summary: The essay focuses on the idea that in recent years, fiction has transformed
vampires from the terrifying beasts they once were made out to be into beings that
were, while still usually still antagonists, were generally sympathetic, and generally not
considered monsters. Meanwhile, zombies, at one time generally obscure in modern
fiction, have risen greatly in popularity, and have essentially become the terrifying
creatures vampires used to be. As shown in productions like Twilight and True Blood,
vampires frequently have a sort of consciousness about them, causing them to be
relatable to humans, despite their status as undead creatures. Meanwhile, zombies, as
mindless creatures who want only to kill and eat you, are seen as terrifying to humans.
Reflect: This article is excellent for the purposes of my article as the entire point of the
article is showing how vampires are more conforming to humans in modern fiction,
while zombies are more foreign and frightening. Since the producers focus on making
vampires be more relatable by seeming more alive and the zombies scarier by making
them seem more dead, it fits with my own topic.
3. Bishop, Kyle. Raising the Dead. Journal of Popular Film and Television. (January 1, 2006). Pg.
196-205.
Summary: This essay features many points, including the origin of modern zombie
stories, the reasons why they seem very frightening to us, and what zombies represent
to human beings. The essay notes that traditional vampire stories show vampires and
other monsters are seemingly alive to viewers because they (usually) look less
grotesque, and are either more intelligent (Dracula) or more sympathetic
(Frankensteins monster). Meanwhile, zombies are simply dead, as they are, as the essay
puts it, a walking corpse.
Reflect: Like the second essay, this article is excellent for my purposes, as it focuses
heavily on what makes zombies seem frightening to us. Since a large part of this is that
zombies are essentially infected dead men attacking us, the essay focuses a large part
on what makes a zombie dead. In addition, it also focuses on what makes vampires
and other monsters seem more alive and less frightening than zombies.