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Rhetoric of Modern Death in American Living Dead Films
Author: Outi Hakola

ISBN: 9781783203796
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 207
Published: 30 November 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 17.8 x 1.3

The book discusses the ways in which the American Living Dead Films have addressed death through different narrative and rhetoric solutions during the 20th century. The study discusses vampire, mummy and zombie films and analyzes more closely the following films: Dracula (1931), The Mummy (1932) and White Zombie (1932) from the classical Hollywood; Night of the Living Dead (1968) and The Return of Dracula (1958) from the Hollywood production's transition years; BramStoker's Dracula (1992), The Mummy (1999) and Resident Evil (2002) from the postclassical Hollywood.

The study has three goals: to create a picture of the tradition of living dead films; to discuss through textual analysis the cinematic processes of addressing the viewer in the living dead films; and thirdly, on the basis of these first two goals, to analyze films' socio-cultural negotiation with death in this specific genre. The change in debating modern de...

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