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I, Zombie: The Cinematic Strategies That Humanize the Undead


This thesis endeavors to explore zombie humanization in greater depth by closely analyzing films that prominently feature zombies with advanced mental faculties. With genre theory providing a basis for understanding the zombie, this thesis parses the figure into three prominent archetypes and explores humanized examples of them in six different films: The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988); Fido (2006); Shaun of the Dead (2004); ParaNorman (2012); I Am Legend (2007); and Warm Bodies (2013). Zeroing in on the various, micro-level filmmaking strategies that foster viewer identification reveals just how invested these works are in overcoming the zombie’s alienating nature, each approaching identification as the product of intense, structural management of the audience’s perspective.
Senior thesis (AB)--Brown University, 2020
Concentration: English

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Harrison, Alexander K., "I, Zombie: The Cinematic Strategies That Humanize the Undead" (2020). English Theses and Dissertations. Brown Digital Repository. Brown University Library.