Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Publication Date

12-1-2018

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Source Publication

Critical Studies in Television : The International Journal of Television Studies

Source ISSN

1749-6020

Abstract

This article argues that The Walking Dead is a post-Western, a genre that extracts classical Hollywood Western themes and iconography, and resituates them in a dystopian, postapocalyptic setting. The program features characters forced to reconquer the frontier amid the disintegration of modern society, who must battle undead walkers and other human survivors. As a post-Western, the program inverts the ideological optimism of the classical Hollywood Western. In doing so, it highlights the linkages between the seemingly unconnected narrative universes of the Western and the postapocalyptic tale.

Comments

Accepted version. Critical Studies in Television : The International Journal of Television Studies, Vol. 13, No. 4 (December 1, 2018): 422-437. DOI. © 2018 SAGE Publications. Used with permission.

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