Bill Clemente essays published in “The Last Midnight.”

Bill Clemente essays published in “The Last Midnight.”

October 25, 2015, 5:00 p.m. CDT
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Peru, Nebraska- Dr. Bill Clemente, professor of English at Peru State College, has a new essay published in The Last MidnightEssays on Apocalyptic Narratives in Millennial Media. His essay is titled “Corporate Abuse and Social Inequality in RoboCop and Fido.” writes about “The Last Midnight,” “Visions of an apocalypse began to dominate mass media well before the year 2000. Yet narratives since then present decidedly different spins on cultural anxieties about terrorism, disease, environmental collapse, worldwide conflict and millennial technologies.”

“This collection of new essays explores apocalyptic themes in a variety of post-millennial media, including film, television, video games, webisodes and smartphone apps.”

Clemente’s essay explores these issues, ’RoboCop’ draws on distress triggered by diverse issues, from the militarization of the police to the unholy alliance of wing-nut media and global corporations.“

“And ‘Fido’ references multiple issues that continue to plague the country, from soaring corporate profits made through perpetuating fears about security, to the growing disparity between the powerful super rich and the ever diminishing political influence of the middle class and the poor.”

“The Last Midnight” is Clemente’s second publication in 2016 following his article on the Cuban zombie film Juan of the Dead,” “Zombies along the Malecón” appearing in the Spring 2016 edition of the “Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies.”

Clemente will also present at the upcoming Zombie Apocalypse conference in Windsor, Canada, about an in-progress essay, “Do Zombies Smoke After Sex? Desire and Compulsion in three Zombie films, Fido, Colin, and Otto.”

Cover for "The Last Midnight"

Cover for “The Last Midnight”


Clemente’s most recent other publication is “Panem in America:  Crisis Economics and a Call for Political Engagement” in “Of Bread, Blood and The Hunger Games: Critical Essays on the Suzanne Collins Trilogy. An avid photographer and bird watcher, Clemente has also published an article about birding in “The Prairie Fire.” 

Over the past few years, Clemente has created new classes for Peru State that include The Graphic Novel, Science Fiction Literature and Film, a class devoted to Zombie films, and a Children’s Literature course on Young Adult Dystopian Fiction.

“The Last Midnight” was edited by Leisa A. Clark, Amanda Firestone and Mary F. Pharr with series editors Donald E. Palumbo and C.W. Sullivan III.

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