I am delighted (and a bit nervous) to announce the release of my latest book, Going Viral: Zombies, Viruses, and the End of the World!
More info on the book can be found at GoingViralBook.com.
There is a video of me talking about the book just below…
I will be speaking about the book in person at two events this month:
You can purchase the book in person at those events, or order it online here.
(There is FREE shipping on all orders placed directly through Rutgers University Press, and you can use discount code “02AAAA17” in order to qualify for a 30% discount!)
In March, I will be speaking about my previous book, Cindy Sherman’s Office Killer: Another Kind of Monster, as part of a festival entitled Working Girls: America’s Career Women on Screen.
I will introduce a screening of the film (a rare chance to see it on the big screen!), as well as conducting a Q&A following.
Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Saturday, March 24 at 7:30pm
I hope to see you soon. I’ve spent the last four years holed up, reading and writing about zombies, so I could use some sunshine and a glimpse of your pretty face!
Lots of love,
“Schweitzer sets up shop at the intersection of culture, science and politics and demonstrates—with deep research and penetrating insight—that there are things far more menacing than viral threats.”
— JONATHAN ALLEN, CO-AUTHOR OF SHATTERED: INSIDE HILLARY CLINTON’S DOOMED CAMPAIGN
“Going Viral is an incisive and expertly-informed exploration of the anxieties that drive contemporary America; the fears of contagion that shape our public discourse, movie narratives and government policy. Drawing with authority on both medical data and media theory, Schweitzer impressively tracks these concerns across recent history, tracing the dynamic between the diseased human body and the body politic, and examining key varieties of viral threat – from zombie plagues to terrorist cells – across fact, fiction, and the porous borders between them. At a time when fears of cultural infection are used to justify the tightening of borders, the infringement of civil liberties and the building of walls, Going Viral is a vital guide to the politics of contamination and protection.”
— WILL BROOKER, AUTHOR OF HUNTING THE DARK KNIGHT
“A highly infectious read. Schweitzer’s thought-provoking and meticulously researched account clearly outlines the relationship between the reality of viral threats and the Hollywood dramatization of the ‘outbreak narrative.'”
— TERRY MATALAS, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, 12 MONKEYS
“Dahlia Schweitzer is one of the world’s leading analysts of popular culture, in every conceivable manifestation. She is also one of our best writers: engaging, concise, yet alluring in the best sense. Going Viral takes on one of the questions of our time: the American obsession with sickness as a way of dealing with difference. Bravo!”
— TOBY MILLER, AUTHOR OF BLOW UP THE HUMANITIES
“Going Viral contextualizes contemporary outbreak narratives in rich detail. Schweitzer’s attention to context sets this work apart from others on the subject and does so in an utterly approachable way.”
— STACY TAKACS, AUTHOR OF TERRORISM TV: POPULAR ENTERTAINMENT IN POST-9/11 AMERICA
“Going Viral promises to become a viral sensation. In this elegant, provocative and clever book, Dahlia Schweitzer tackles one of the most controversial and anxiety provoking fears of the 21st century: the disastrous end of the world, evoked by either plagues, infections, diseases or outbreaks. Full of knowledge and wit, Schweitzer’s innovative scholarship is a joy to read. She is a trailblazer in transdisciplinary scholarship and helps us all better understand what will continue to keep us awake at night.”
— KAREN RITZENHOFF, CO-EDITOR OF THE APOCALYPSE IN FILM