Book Chapter

Gay Zombies: Consuming Masculinity and Community in La Bruce's Otto; or Up With Dead People and LA Zombie

Citation

Elliott-Smith D (2014) Gay Zombies: Consuming Masculinity and Community in La Bruce's Otto; or Up With Dead People and LA Zombie. In: McGlotten S & Jones S (eds.) Zombies and Sexuality: Essays on Desire and the Living Dead. Contributions to Zombie Studies. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland and Co Press, pp. 140-158. https://mcfarlandbooks.com/product/zombies-and-sexuality/

Abstract
This chapter offers an analysis of La Bruce's genre-rotting/defying queer zombie films, and their protagonists as allegories for the 'lived' embodiment of queer isolation within supposedly egalitarian marginalised subcultures. If one doesn't fit in with the sub-culture, where does one find one's own identity? The zombie here becomes the metaphor for sub-cultural alienation and a satirical comment on the 'dead-ness' of some gay subcultures. It also extends to an elegiac treatise on the impact of isolation vs. 'fitting in' on the mental health of LGBTQ+ subjects.

Keywords
Queer; Horror; Horror Film; LGBTQ+ studies; Queer Studies; Zombie Studies

StatusPublished
FundersUniversity of Hertfordshire
Title of seriesContributions to Zombie Studies
Publication date31/12/2014
Publication date online14/12/2014
PublisherMcFarland and Co Press
Publisher URLhttps://mcfarlandbooks.com/product/zombies-and-sexuality/
Place of publicationJefferson, North Carolina
ISBN9780786479078
eISBN978-1-4766-1738-1