The Walking Dead: Michonne, Tropes, and Exploitation

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Asia Muhammad (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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Michele Fazio

Abstract: "The Walking Dead" has become a staple in the zombie genre with almost 200 issues of comics and a televised adaptation in 2018, airing its eighth season. Inspired by George Romeo's Night of the Living Dead (1968). Robert Kirkman has created a fictional zombie series that captures human relationships as the characters try to survive flesh-eating zombies and human antagonists. The focus of this project is on the only prominent black woman in the text, Michonne. She is the katana-wielding involuntary superwoman to Rick Grimes's band of the survivors. Michonne, though, a revolutionary character of the genre, is bound by tropes of the nineteenth century, as the origins of zombies and slavery follow her as she navigates through Kirkman's zombie land of white privilege.

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Language: English
Date: 2018
Walking Dead, Zombies, Robert Kirkman, Michonne, Slavery, White Privilege, Rick Grimes, Tropes,

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