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When Shakespeare met Raimi: David Mence’s Macbeth re-arisen

Ruben Benatti, Angela Tiziana Tarantini

Abstract


What would happen if Macbeth returned as a zombie? David Mence's "Macbeth Re-Arisen", a daring sequel of Shakespeare's Macbeth, is the answer to that question. According to award-winning author David Mence, the borders between pulp science fiction, fantasy and horror and literary fiction are more permeable than we think (Mence, 2014). In his audacious "Macbeth Re-Arisen", entirely written in blank verse, Mence blends the medieval Scotland depicted by Shakespeare with the maniacal zombies of Sam Raimi's "Evil Dead" series.
This article analyses the representation of zombies as characters in relation to David Mence's "Macbeth Re-Arisen", showing some continuity between this sequel of Shakespeares "Macbeth" and zombies in cinema, popular culture, and social studies. This article also analyses characters and topoi in ÒMacbeth Re-ArisenÓ and compares them to those in Shakesperare's "Macbeth".


Parole chiave

Macbeth; zombie; Mence; Raimi; Evil Dead series

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.13130/2035-7680/9180

NBN: http://nbn.depositolegale.it/urn%3Anbn%3Ait%3Aunimi-21587

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Altre modernità/ Otras modernidades/ Autres modernités/ Other Modernities            ISSN 2035-7680 Università degli Studi di Milano

 

UNIMI, Dipartimento di Lingue e letterature straniere

UNIMI, Dipartimento di Scienze della Mediazione Linguistica e di Studi Interculturali

 

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