Stephen O'Donnell

Research Student - The Zombie in Popular Culture



Research Topic

The Zombie in Popular Culture

This thesis is an investigation into the evolution of the zombie from its origins in Caribbean folklore through to the flesh-eating and infectious modern-day incarnation. My specific interest, and the main focus of the research, is in the comic-book representations of the zombie, and the ways in which series such as The Walking Dead utilise the medium to create new interpretations of the zombie genre. In addition to the critical analysis of zombie-centred comics including the Kirkman & Adlard series, the thesis will employ aspects of post-colonial, post-modern and gothic literary theories in exploring the metamorphosis of the iconic creature.

Supervisors: Dr Chris Murray


First Degree: BA (Hons) English Literature, University of Strathclyde

Masters Degree: MLitt Literary Studies, University of Strathclyde