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Scholars Day: April 10, 2013

From Zombi to Zombie: A Brief Study of the Transition of the Haitian Zombi Phenomenon into American Literature

This Honors Program thesis presentation is a two-part project on the study of the zombie pop-culture phenomenon. The first portion is a research paper that examines the transition of the Haitian zombi into American literature. It begins by analyzing the Haitian zombi in its Vodoun context and is mainly based on the research of ethnobiologist Wade Davis and anthropologist Alfred Métraux. Then the paper scrutinizes William Seabrook’s Americanized interpretation of the Haitian concept, whereby he alters the zombi into the American zombie. The second portion of this project is a creative writing piece that incorporates the traditional Haitian zombi and the Americanized zombie, entitled The Aztec, The Arsonist, and the Hoodoo Hippie.

Presenter: Kent Lester (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: English
Location: 123 Hartwell
Time: 3:45 pm (Session V)
Please note that presentation times are approximate. If you are interested in attending sessions with multiple presentations, please be in the room at the start of the session.