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Suarez, Marta F. "Damaged Survivors in The Walking Dead: gender and the narrative arcs of carol and daryl as protectors and nurturers." Gender and Contemporary Horror in Television. Eds. Steven Gerrard, Samantha Holland and Robert Shail. Emerald Studies in Popular Culture and Gender. Bingley: Emerald, 2019. 175–86. 
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Resource type: Book Chapter
Language: en: English
DOI: 10.1108/978-1-78769-103-220191015
BibTeX citation key: Suarez2019
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Keywords: "The Walking Dead", Adaptation, Adlard. Charlie, Gender, Horror, Kirkman. Robert, TV
Creators: Gerrard, Holland, Shail, Suarez
Publisher: Emerald (Bingley)
Collection: Gender and Contemporary Horror in Television
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This chapter interrogates gender, inner conflict and narrative arcs of the characters of Daryl Dixon and Carol Peletier in the TV series The Walking Dead. From the outset, these two characters are constructed in line with traditional gendered stereotypes, yet they both go through a transformation during the series, moving away from their starting point. Carol and Daryl are introduced to the audiences in scenes that situate them within traditional gendered roles and spaces. Thus, Carol is presented as submissive, compliant and obedient; she speaks with a soft voice and is positioned within domestic spaces in the camp site: by the camp fire, by the washing spot in the lake, inside the tent, etc. In contrast, Daryl is presented as a loner and a hunter, is referred to as a volatile person and portrays a physical appearance that echoes redneck masculinities (O’Sullivan, 2016). This chapter will engage with theories of performativity and gender in relation to character design, in order to analyse and compare the ways in which these two characters challenge the gender stereotype through actions, yet often conform to it through the inner conflict and the solutions adopted.
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