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Recorded talk with David Bering-Porter, March 10 2022.

"This project develops a theory of “undead labor,” defined as the value extracted from life beyond its natural limits, through the story of the zombie as a shadow of modern capitalism. Taking the zombie as its central object, this book finds, at the heart of capital, a desire to push past the natural boundaries of life and to overcome all limitation and even death, creating a condition of “undeadness,” which promises a new kind of body with a limitless potential for the extraction of value. Through a series of case studies on labor, slavery, analogy, vitality, and realism, this project tracks the history of the zombie as a history of racial capital rooted in undeadness and excessive life and undertakes a genealogy of the zombie that contributes to discourses of racialized labor and its ongoing place in twenty-first century economies."