The Politics of Race, Gender and Sexuality in The Walking Dead

Essays on the Television Series and Comics

Not Yet Published


FALL 2018

Available on backorder

About the Book

From the beginning, both Robert Kirkman’s comics and AMC’s series of The Walking Dead have generated controversy in their representations of race, gender and sexuality. Critics and fans have contended that the show’s identity politics have veered toward the decidedly conservative, offering up traditional understandings of masculinity, femininity, heterosexuality, racial hierarchy and white supremacy.
This collection of new essays explores the complicated nature of relationships among the story’s survivors. In the end, characters demonstrate often-surprising shifts that consistently comment on identity politics. Whether agreeing or disagreeing with critics, these essays offer a rich view of how gender, race, class and sexuality intersect in complex new ways in the TV series and comics.

About the Author(s)

Elizabeth Erwin is an assistant professor/librarian and writes about all things that go bump in the night at Horror Homeroom, a website she co-founded. She lives in Hellertown, Pennsylvania.
Dawn Keetley is a professor of English at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Elizabeth Erwin and Dawn Keetley. Series Editor Kyle William Bishop
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6849-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3476-0
Imprint: McFarland
Series: Contributions to Zombie Studies