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date: 21 November 2019

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Inverting the conventional vector in adaptations (literature to film) restores to life texts that, on occasion or for some audiences, might be dead. Chapter 21 demonstrates the ways zombie apocalypse narratives in different media function as constant adaptations created from a collective hypotext formed by the films in George Romero’s Living Dead hexalogy. To embrace this inversion and the myriad possibilities it unleashes within the set of the existing textual architectures requires the extension and transformation of the very concept of adaptation. This transformation involves both a greater inclusion of non-canonical texts and their various textual architectures and a greater willingness to reorient prevailing analyses of adaptation. It also poses the challenge of developing specific analytical tools to deal with the formal specificities presented by the adaptation of those non-canonical texts.

Keywords: zombie, apocalypse, George Romero, Living Dead, adaptation

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