The Zombie Apocalypse of Daniel Defoe

The Zombie Apocalypse of Daniel Defoe

by Andrew McConnell Stott

IMAGE : “Bring out Your Dead” A street during the Great Plague in London, 1665, with a death cart and mourners, by Edmund Evans, c. 1864. The Wellcome Library, London.

“Ultimately, as with all these narratives, the real plague is modern life. Physicians trace the disease to a package of silks imported from Holland that originated in the Levant, spreading the infection through the ports, mills, marketplaces and manufactories that form the early-modern economy. Quarantines and barricades prove useless against the commodity’s voyage; but while the products themselves may be infectious, it’s the appetite to possess them that truly kills.”

From Lapham’s Quarterly



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