Friday 8th April: Everything You Wanted To Know About Zombies But Were Afraid To Ask Daniel Defoe

5 Apr

Feeling distempered? Not sure if it’s the plague or a zombie virus? Come along to this then…

A free event run by the Birkbeck Literature Club, but including presentations by PASSENGERFILMS.

Zombies are defined not simply by being dead, but by being the moving dead – as in recent TV series ‘The Walking Dead’ in which they are simply nicknamed ‘walkers’. This event connects the radical aspects of zombie mobility with its literary heritage in Daniel Defoe’s Journal of the Plague Year (1722).

Often when geographers talk about zombie films they use the word ‘meatspace’. The concept of the zombie mob – like the flash mob, or the slum – reminds us of the corporeality of cities, and that they are filled by bodies (and that those bodies also create the city). Amy Cutler will explore this using Defoe’s text, a plan of London, and clips from contemporary zombie films. Peter Jones will talk about the plague-ridden Milan of Alessandro Manzoni’s novel The Betrothed (1827) and its connections with zombie outbreak. Josh Morrall will perform readings from the texts, accompanying clips from films, and James DC will be present to answer questions about and take suggestions for his coming radio show about zombies on Resonance FM. Jennifer Cooke, author of Legacies of Plague in Literature, Theory and Film, will also be there to answer questions.

Please come as plague victim, zombie, anointed one…etc. This is a nonfunded, free event, so you may want to bring your own wine or a donation towards it.

Venue: The Centre for Creative Collaboration, 16 Acton Street, London

Time: Friday 8th April, 7pm

One Response to “Friday 8th April: Everything You Wanted To Know About Zombies But Were Afraid To Ask Daniel Defoe”


  1. Distemper Has Struck « Hooting Yard - April 9, 2011

    […] evening I went to an event irresistibly entitled Everything You Wanted To Know About Zombies But Were Afraid To Ask Daniel Defoe. Geographer Amy Cutler gave a talk in which she explored similarities between Defoe’s A Journal […]

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