Keynote: Sarah Juliet Lauro
A Timeline of the Living Dead: From the Haitian Zombie to Jordan Peele’s Get Out
Dr. Sarah Juliet Lauro, University of Tampa, Department of English
Lauro’s areas of expertise are located in postcolonial literature, especially of the Caribbean, American literature and film. Though she is most known for her scholarship on the myth of the zombie, she is also interested in narratives of disability, and modern day narratives of slavery and revolt, which she studies in a range of media.
Lauro’s first book, The Transatlantic Zombie: Slavery, Rebellion, and Living Death (2015) showcases her expertise in both postcolonial literature of the Western hemisphere and horror film. Lauro enjoys collaborative scholarship, and she has edited collections both for book publication and for special issues of journals. She has also done some writing for online outlets like the Huffington Post’s College section and for The Los Angeles Review of Books online affiliate Avidly.com.