Tag: Modern Identity


A Prayer for Owen Meany — “The Armadillo”


The novel, A Prayer for Owen Meany presents a clash of worldviews. Owen sees and understands the world in a much different way than do the young Johnny and the other characters in the novel. The key difference is that Owen is not as strongly influenced by modern secularism as...

A Prayer for Owen Meany — “The Foul Ball”


A Prayer for Owen Meany is narrated by the adult John Wheelwright. As he tells the story of how Owen Meany is responsible for his belief in the Christian God, he regularly breaks into the narrative commenting on his life in the present, often on his current spiritual struggles ....

A Prayer for Owen Meany — Introduction


My favourite book is A Prayer for Owen Meany. It's really funny. It is one of those books that can't be read in bed because your unsuccessfully-stifled laughter will make it impossible for your spouse to sleep. It offers the full range of humour, from ridiculous situations through extraordinary characters...

Zombies Represent the Crisis of the Modern Idenity


The zombie functions as a monstrous other, transgressing boundaries and unsettling the modern identity, as monsters have always done.  But, it goes beyond the scope of traditional monsters in that it also holds a mirror up to the secular self, and suggests, without the transcendent, we may nothing more than animated...

Zombies ‘R Us


Hopefully, I have made the case that the modern zombie is a monster for our time.  Like all monsters, they challenge cultural identity, but these are our monsters—our identity. They are completely immanent; they possess no transcendent ability or power; they transgress immanent categories including between the self and the...

Traditional Values: Consumed by the Zombie Horde


Not only is it difficult to attribute the term “evil” to this most modern of monsters, it is also difficult to attribute the term “good” to the “heroes” of the zombie movie.  In fact, the primary victim of the zombie horde, is not the humans that battle the undead for survival;...

Zombie Films Loss of Fullness


I get it when I am sitting with dear friends enjoying good food and conversation.  Also, while walking alone in the woods on a clear fall day.  It can also be experienced when listening to music or viewing a painting.  It can be evoked in the cathedral or on the seashore.  Charles...

“I’m out of ammo!”


Another important characteristic of the zombie that makes it ideally suited to terrorize our contemporary society is that it is a horde.  They attack in large numbers and overwhelm their victims by sheer weight of numbers.  The horde absorbs individuality—and we modern selves are obsessed with questions of identity (what is me...

Zombies and Intimacy


Zombie Posts: A New Kind of Monster A Brief History Ain’t Got No Soul Where do zombies come from? Crossing Boundaries Why Zombies are Disgusting Horror of the Body Zombies and Death The type of death one can expect from a zombie is nothing if not intimate.  They use no...

Zombies as the Monstrous Other: Challenging Modern Boundaries


Previous Zombie Posts: A New Kind of Monster A Brief History Ain't Got No Soul Where do zombies come from? Zombies are physical monsters, there is nothing in them that is spiritual or supernatureal or even superhuman.  We can therefore call the zombie an immanent monster.  In the immanence of...