Zombies in the Posthuman Era: Hamlet, the Zombie Killer of Denmark
The zombie figure has recently been one of the most dominant monsters in the literature of the contemporary century, especially in popular culture. In addition to hinting at the current advanced capitalist society, the zombie is also significant in uncovering certain layers about the human embodiment as well as in promoting the dominant anthropocentric discourse in Western philosophy. In its folkloric and colonial meaning in Haitian history, the zombie is enslaved by Voodoo priests for its manual power and sold as cheap slaves to land owners who, consequently, take advantage of the unconscious zombie. However, in today’s perception, the zombie is a symbol for a dsytopic and apocalyptic future for human beings. The aim of this study is, thus, to investigate the zombie figure from its folkloric usage to the contemporary one as the zombie, at the present time, offers alternative modifications for the dystopic future of the humanity. In order to exemplify these modifications, as a comic parody of the classic tragedy, Hamlet, the Zombie Killer of Denmark (2010) by Chris Stiles will be compared to Hamlet (1600) by William Shakespeare.