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GOING VIRAL: ZOMBIES, VIRUSES, AND THE END OF THE WORLD
 

The various permutations of the contemporary outbreak narrative in American film and TV reveal a new awareness of the increasingly ineffective boundaries between the personal body and the body politic, between nations, and between "ordinary" people and "dangerous" people, as well as the cultural trauma that comes as a response to the realities of global contagion. Going Viral explores the way the outbreak narrative exposes the interdependent and ever-evolving relationship between three structurally similar phenomena: the seemingly sudden return of epidemics; the escalation of cultural and economic globalization and the growing threat of terrorism; and the increasing pervasion into daily life of disaster-driven news media that virally spreads news of impending death and catastrophe. And of course, zombies.

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