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Margaret Atwood Talks Modernity… And Zombies

Zombies are enjoying a renaissance these days, thanks to shows like 'The Walking Dead'. But what's our fascination with these mysterious creatures? In this clip, Margaret Atwood explains where zombies came from, how they've changed over the years, and the place they occupy in our imaginations.

Margaret's classic work of literary criticism, 'Survival', is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a reissue by House of Anansi Press. And the same publisher is offering an illustrated e-book version of 'Speeches For Dr. Frankenstein', one of Margaret's poems.

In this clip, Margaret talks about...

How zombies have changed

"Well, they're faster than 1968. But the pre-1968 zombie was a Haitian variety of zombie. There was none of this "getting infected because they bit you" stuff. But the thing to remember about zombies, as distinct from werewolves, Frankenstein monsters and grendels and even caliban -- they're not chatty. These zombies are not very loquacious. They don't speak much. In fact, they hardly speak at all, because they don't have any brains."

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