Defoe’s Zombieless Zombie Narrative

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“Defoe’s novel, published in 1722, is a mutant factual-fiction that recounts the plague epidemic of 1665, which dispatched almost 100,000 Londoners. Purporting to be the ‘memorial’ of a survivor known only as ‘H.F.’, it was based on genuine documentary sources, including the diary of Defoe’s uncle.”

Lapham’s Quarterly explores how Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year conforms to the zombie narrative… without zombies.


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