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Gregg Garrett 'Living with the Living Dead'

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Join us for the first in our free summer series of lunchtime events, where we will be joined by Greg Garrett author of 'Living with the Living Dead'.

Whenever humankind faces what it perceives as extinction-level events, a macabre thing happens in art, literature, and culture: corpses begin to stand up and walk around. The dead walked in the fourteenth century, when the Black Death and other catastrophes roiled Europe. They walked in images from World War I, when a generation died in the trenches. They walked in art representing the Holocaust and the atomic attacks on Japan. And now, in the early twenty-first century, stories of the zombie apocalypse are pervasive narratives of post-9/11 Western culture, appearing in popular movies and television shows, comics and graphic novels, fiction, games, art, and even in material culture including pinball machines, zombie runs, and lottery tickets.

Analyzing works of literature and culture from the Odyssey of Homer to World War Z, and material culture such as zombie runs to see what sorts of stories are being told about the walking dead, Garrett considers how such stories help us find meaning and purpose.

Greg Garrett is 2013 Centennial Professor at Baylor University, where he teaches classes in fiction and screenwriting, literature, film and popular culture, and theology. He is the author or co-author of three dozen short stories, a dozen scholarly articles, and twenty books of fiction, nonfiction, and memoir.

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