Written only months after 9/11. Quote from the final paragraph of the article: "In the aftermath of September 11, Americans are all too familiar with the ways religious discourse can serve political rhetoric in making monsters out of others... The questions raised by horror culture can introduce ambiguity into this cultural mix, undermining attempts to boil things down to a battle between us versus them, good versus evil. They invite us to discover our monsters in ourselves and ourselves in our monsters"
The appeal of vampires, especially to teenagers-- In addition to being forbidden objects of romantic love, they are a danger that hides among us; mirrors our fear of terrorists in modern world, etc.
Zombies in popular culture-- why they are popular now and how they address our fears. Discusses Zombie walks, where people dress up like zombies and parade around a city or town, zombie runs, and various portrayals in recent films.
This is a review of this book. It breaks down the focus of the chapters. I am sending excerpts of a few chapters, but if you read this review and would like additional chapters, let me know.
Abstract: The rhetoric of evil, so prominently evident in contemporary presidential public address, articulates a primal motive for the war on terrorism by projecting democracy's shadow onto the external enemy. In this regard, the president's discourse is a manifestation rather than aberration of U.S. political culture, a reflection of the nation's troubled democratic identity. Upon close inspection, it reveals the presence of the mythos of a democratic demon contained within the republic, various ways in which the unconscious projection of this devil figure is rhetorically triggered, and the cultural significance of its lethal entailments. The diabolism of presidential war rhetoric, we suggest, functions as an inducement to evacuate the political content of democracy, leaving a largely empty but virulent signifier in its place, which weakens the nation by reproducing a culture of war. NOTE: VERY SCHOLARLY for SAE students
Abstract: A consideration of the ways in which the discourse of monstrosity, once deployed against a political enemy, closes off open debate and undermine the values of those who argue that the ends needed to defeat them justify any means used. This article explores the parallels between the neoconservative rhetoric of the War on Terror with that of the vampire hunters in Joe Ahearne’s television show Ultraviolet (1998), as both deny their enemies the status of political subjects.THIS ARTICLE WILL PROBABLY FOCUS TOO MUCH ON one particular vampire example-- and possibly too technical / scholarly
Bush, George W. "Address To The Nation On The Anniversary Of The Terrorist Attacks Of September 11 From Ellis Island, New York September 11, 2002." Weekly Compilation Of Presidential Documents 38.37 (2002)