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Humanities 2016, 5(3), 48; doi:10.3390/h5030048

Zombies and Refugees: Variations on the “Post-human” and the “Non-human” in Robin Campillo’s Les Revenants (2004) and Fabrice Gobert’s Les Revenants (2012–2015)

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Union College, Schenectady, NY 12308, USA
Academic Editor: Myra Mendible
Received: 16 May 2016 / Revised: 16 June 2016 / Accepted: 17 June 2016 / Published: 23 June 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Race, Politics, and the Humanities in an Age of 'Posts')
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This article examines the use of the zombie (or the “returned,” the literal translation of the French term “revenant”) in Fabrice Gobert’s French series Les Revenants (2012–2015) as a narrative trope that evokes the recent wave of migration from Syria into Europe. In parallel, this article addresses Robin Campillo’s 2004 original feature Les Revenants as it served as an inspiration for Gobert’s work in 2012. Campillo’s work, like Gobert’s, is rooted in the treatment of refugees in France. Following the forceful closing of the Sangatte refugee camp in Calais in 2002, the Moroccan-born French filmmaker expressed his concern for the treatment of Others in France through the figure of the zombie, eventually initiating a new genre in French fiction that would serve to express and denounce the characterization of Others in France as “non-human.” View Full-Text
Keywords: zombie; refugees; postcolonial; post-human; non-human zombie; refugees; postcolonial; post-human; non-human
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Mouflard, C. Zombies and Refugees: Variations on the “Post-human” and the “Non-human” in Robin Campillo’s Les Revenants (2004) and Fabrice Gobert’s Les Revenants (2012–2015). Humanities 2016, 5, 48.

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