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Zombies in the Academy

Living Death in Higher Education

Zombies in the Academy taps into the current popular fascination with zombies and brings together scholars from a range of fields, including cultural and communication studies, sociology, film studies, and education, to give a critical account of the political, cultural, and pedagogical state of the university through the metaphor of zombiedom. The contributions to this volume argue that the increasing corporatization of the academy—an environment emphasizing publication, narrow research, and the vulnerability of the tenure system— is creating a crisis in higher education best understood through the language of zombie culture—the undead, contagion, and plague, among others. Zombies in the Academy presents essays from a variety of scholars and creative writers who present an engaging and entertaining appeal for serious recognition of the conditions of contemporary humanities teaching, culture, and labor practices.

401 pages | 34 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2013

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Table of Contents


Section 1: Zombification in the corporate university

First as tragedy, then as corpse

Andrew Whelan

‘Being’ post-death at Zombie University

Rowena Harper

University life, zombie states and reanimation

Rowan Wilken and Christian McCrea

The living dead and the dead living: contagion and complicity in contemporary universities

Holly Randell-Moon, Sue Saltmarsh and Wendy Sutherland-Smith

Zombie solidarity

Ann Deslandes and Kristian Adamson

The Journal of Doctor Wallace

David Slattery

Section 2: Moribund content and infectious technologies

Zombie processes and undead technologies

Christopher Moore

The botnet: webs of hegemony/zombies who publish

Martin Paul Eve

The intranet of the living dead: software and universities

Jonathan Paul Marshall

Virtual learning environments and the zombification of learning and teaching in British universities

Nick Pearce and Elaine Tan

Mapping zombies: a guide for digital pre-apocalyptic analysis and post-apocalyptic survival

Mark Graham, Taylor Shelton and Matthew Zook

Infectious textbooks

Gordon S. Carlson and James J. Sosnoski

Section 3: Zombie literacies and pedagogies

Undead universities, the plagiarism ‘plague’, paranoia and hypercitation

Ruth Walker

EAP programmes feeding the living dead of academia: critical thinking as a global antibody

Sara Felix

Zombies in the classroom: education as consumption in two novels by Joyce Carol Oates

Sherry R. Truffin

Queer pedagogies in zombie times: parody, neo-liberalism and high-education

Daniel Marshall

Zombies are us: the living dead as a tool for pedagogical reflection

Shaun Kimber

Escaping the zombie threat by mathematics

Hans Petter Landtangen, Kent-Andre Mardal and Pål Røtnes

Toward a zombie pedagogy: embodied teaching and the student 2.0

Jesse Stommel

Section 4: The post-apocalyptic terrain

‘Sois mort et tais toi’: zombie mobs and student protests

Sarah Juliet Lauro

Living-dead man’s shoes? Teaching and researching glossy topics in a harsh social and cultural context

David Beer

Feverish homeless cannibal

George Pfau

A report on the global Viral Z outbreak and its impact on higher education

Howard M. Gregory II and Annie Jeffrey


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