What is it about?

The zombie is a figure used to question our relationship with others. In an apocalyptic context, as it is the case in these 3 Spanish-language uchronias, it becomes a figure of interweaving (between creation and destruction) and allows us to address apocalypse directly from the perspective of the human body.

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Why is it important?

These works are at the same time apocalyptic (oriented towards the future) and uchronic (oriented towards a traumatic past). They are telling us a lot about how we deal with collective traumas such as wars and conquests, and they do so with the zombi figure, a body in transition, between creation and destruction.


Writing this article made me realize we can find examples in literature in which the zombie is an interesting figure than a simple threat to human survival. The zombie body can be seen as the sample of one of the last stages of ecological destruction: after the planet, the environment, social relations, the very body of the human being.

Dr Laurence Pagacz
Universite catholique de Louvain

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This page is a summary of: El zombi en tres ucronías de lengua española, ILCEA, November 2022, OpenEdition,
DOI: 10.4000/ilcea.15863.
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