American Zombie Gothic: The Rise and Fall and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $25.00
  • Save: $1.25 (5%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 10 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Acceptable | Details
Condition: Used: Acceptable
Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for $5.02
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

American Zombie Gothic: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Walking Dead in Popular Culture Paperback – January 26, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0786448067 ISBN-10: 0786448067

Buy New
Price: $23.75
22 New from $19.76 18 Used from $13.00
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$23.75
$19.76 $13.00
Best%20Books%20of%202014

Frequently Bought Together

American Zombie Gothic: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Walking Dead in Popular Culture + World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
Price for both: $35.10

Buy the selected items together
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Holiday Deals in Books
Holiday Deals in Books
Find deals for every reader in the Holiday Deals in Books store, featuring savings of up to 50% on cookbooks, children's books, literature & fiction, and more.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 247 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland and Company (January 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786448067
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786448067
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

"In this seminal study, Bishop navigates well the oil and water-like mix of serious analysis and zombie cinema. It isn't often that one comes across Marxian dialectics and graphic descriptions of cannibalism in the same paragraph, but Bishop's understated style makes it work." --Library Journal

About the Author

Kyle William Bishop is an assistant professor at Southern Utah University, where he teaches American literature and culture, film studies, fantasy literature, and English composition. He has presented and published a variety of papers on popular culture and cinematic adaptation.

More About the Author

Born in the rural community of Cedar City, Utah, Kyle William Bishop went on to study art history, music, German, English, and film in college and graduate school. He received a PhD in American literature and film from the University of Arizona and has since returned to Cedar City to become a third-generation assistant professor at Southern Utah University. Dr. Bishop currently teaches courses in American literature and culture, film studies, fantasy literature, and English composition.

Dr. Bishop has presented and published a variety of critical essays and articles on popular culture and cinematic adaptation, including such topics as Metropolis, Night of the Living Dead, Fight Club, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dawn of the Dead, Frankenstein, The Birds, Zombieland, and The Walking Dead. He is currently working on a follow-up book to American Zombie Gothic: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Walking Dead in Popular Culture (McFarland and Co., Publishers, 2010).

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Noah D. Pappano on March 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
Zombie movie lovers can rejoice now that Kyle Bishop's book is out. I have for some years now been a long time admirer of the horror movie subgenre, yet it wasn't until doing research for a paper in a Junior contemporary literature class that I encountered Mr. Bishop's work. It had never occurred to me that there was serious scholarly work done on zombie movies, but after reading some of his articles I was not only stunned by his educated and thorough treatment, but also by how much his attention to the topic enriched my own appreciation. He begins with the genesis of zombies and their folkloric roots in Haiti, gradually fleshing out the walking dead up to the present time. Zombies are significant as evolving outside of any established literary tradition as well as being indigenous to the New World (a claim other major horror monsters can't make) A reflexive Haitian voodoo creation while under pressure by the colonial French, eventually zombies "emigrated" to America where their treatment in cinema did little more than reflect postcolonial fears of repressed subjects rising against the ruling class. It wasn't until George Romero with his Night of the Living Dead in 1968 that zombies became an important cultural archetype as the legendary filmmaker used them to expose racism, consumerism, Cold War paranoia, and other societal anxieties. The zombie as significant cultural archetype has a dynamic film history, and Bishop takes you through their evolution in a prose style that is academic but never laborious; indeed, for a dissertation, it's quite a page-turner. I highly recommend this book and without reservation say that it is indispensable for any zombie movie lover.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Pease on April 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
American Zombie Gothic: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Walking Dead in Popular Culture... by Kyle William Bishop
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
As a fan of the horror sub-genre of zombies I found this book both interesting and enlightening. First of all, Mr. Bishop's sources are well documented and from what I found, reliable. As a zombie fan they were also helpful. I was able to add other books and movies that I haven't read or watched or some I would like to revisit.
Not many people that I know will watch a zombie movie and wonder why the fictional creature was invented or the deeper meaning behind zombies. Mr. Bishop takes the reader on a historical voyage of the zombies chronological existence beginning in the folklore of Haiti to modern day apocolyptic fears.
This book goes deeper into zombies and their meaning to us than I expected. I found myself saying "oh okay' a lot and agreeing with his points. I recommend this book to anyone who likes zombie stories or even to someone with a zombie fear (looking at it from Mr. Bishop's point of view might just make you a fan.) review by shayrp
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas A. Rose on January 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
Bishop's American Zombie Gothic is an absolutely essential read for those interested in the zombie phenomenon of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It begins with an in-depth review of the zombie figure's origins in Haitian voodoo before moving to an engaging account of the modern zombie's (the walking dead) importance as a symbol of repressed cultural fears and anxieties. Special attention is given to the seminal films of George A. Romero. For fans of postcolonial theory, Bishop also provides some insight into that. In my opinion, the most distinguishing feature of Bishop's work is his commentary on how the zombie has created a resurgence in the Gothic themes first established by Horace Walpole and Anne Radcliffe. American Zombie Gothic is a foundation of great importance in the growing field of "zombie studies." Check it out for yourself!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again