Dharma of the Dead
Zombies, Mortality and Buddhist Philosophy
About the Book
With the increased popularity of zombies in recent years, scholars have considered why the undead have so captured the public imagination. This book argues that the zombie can be viewed as an object of meditation on death, a memento mori that makes the fact of mortality more approachable from what has been described as America’s “death-denying culture.” The existential crisis in zombie apocalyptic fiction brings to the fore the problem of humanity’s search for meaning in an increasingly global and secular world. Zombies are analyzed in the context of Buddhist thought, in contrast with social and religious critiques from other works.
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About the Author(s)
Christopher M. Moreman is a professor and chair of the department of philosophy and religious studies at California State University, East Bay. He has published widely on topics relating to death, dying, and popular culture.
Christopher M. Moreman
Series Editor Kyle William Bishop
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, filmography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
Series: Contributions to Zombie Studies
Table of Contents
The Haitian Origins of the Zombie 21
The Evolution of the Cinematic Zombie 42
Embodied Death 90
Zombies and the Buddhist Meditation on Death 138
Chapter Notes 183