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By Annalee Newitz

In Pretend We’re Dead, Annalee Newitz argues that the slimy zombies and gore-soaked murderers who've stormed via American movie and literature during the last century include the violent contradictions of capitalism. Ravaged via overwork, alienated by way of company conformity, and mutilated via the unfettered lust for revenue, fictional monsters act out the issues with an economy that turns out designed to consume humans whole.

Newitz appears at representations of serial killers, mad medical professionals, the undead, cyborgs, and unfortunates mutated by way of their involvement with the mass media undefined. even if contemplating the serial killer who turns homicide right into a type of hard work via mass generating lifeless our bodies, or the hack writers and bloodthirsty actresses trapped within Hollywood’s profit-mad storytelling desktop, she finds that every creature has its personal story to inform approximately how a freewheeling marketplace economic climate turns humans into monstrosities.

Newitz tracks the monsters spawned via capitalism via b video clips, Hollywood blockbusters, pulp fiction, and American literary classics, taking a look at their manifestations in works comparable to Norman Mailer’s “true lifestyles novel” The Executioner’s Song; the quick tales of Isaac Asimov and H. P. Lovecraft; the cyberpunk novels of William Gibson and Marge Piercy; true-crime books concerning the serial killers Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer; and flicks together with Modern Times (1936), Donovan’s Brain (1953), Night of the residing Dead (1968), RoboCop (1987), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), and Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001). Newitz indicates that as literature and picture inform it, the tale of yankee capitalism because the overdue 19th century is a story of body-mangling, soul-crushing horror.

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