Queering the Family in The Walking Dead

Authors: Ziegler, John R

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  • Covers the first seven seasons of the television show and the first 144 issues of the comic book series
  • Addresses a lack of scholarship on The Walking Dead comics series, while expanding the remit of analyses of the television series
  • Produces a sustained, detailed analysis that will be of use to scholars and teachers of horror, gender, cultural, comics, and television studies
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This book traces how The Walking Dead franchise narratively, visually, and rhetorically represents transgressions against heteronormativity and the nuclear family. The introduction argues that The Walking Dead reflects cultural anxiety over threats to the family. Chapter 1 examines the destructive competition created by heteronormativity, such as the conflict between Rick and Shane. Chapter 2 focuses on the actual or attempted participation of characters such as Carol and Negan in queer relationships. Chapter 3 interprets zombies as queer antagonists to heteronormativity, while Chapter 4 explores the incorporation of zombies into the lives of characters such as the Governor and the Whisperers. The conclusion asserts that The Walking Dead presents both queer alternatives to and damaging contradictions within the traditional heterosexual family model, helping to question this model and to consider the struggle of queer American families. Overall, this study holds special interest for students and scholars of queerness, zombies, and the family.

About the authors

John R. Ziegler is Assistant Professor of English at Bronx Community College, CUNY, USA. His research straddles the 16th–17th and 20th–21st centuries, and he has published on early modern English and Irish literature, ghosts, zombies, and video games. He also co-edits the journal Supernatural Studies and reviews theater for Culture Catch.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-17

    Ziegler, John R.

  • That Is My Wife: Reproductive Futurism and Patriarchal Competition

    Pages 21-41

    Ziegler, John R.

  • Insane Proposals: Beyond Monogamy as Beyond Rationality

    Pages 43-62

    Ziegler, John R.

  • What Happens in the Barn Stays in the Barn: The Family and the Zombie as Sinthomosexual

    Pages 65-83

    Ziegler, John R.

  • Out of the Barn: Alternative Families and the Undead

    Pages 85-105

    Ziegler, John R.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Queering the Family in The Walking Dead
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-99798-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-99798-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-99797-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 123
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
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