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Raymond Carver and Derrida's Zombie Army

It's the 1960s and a blizzard is raging in Iowa City, a place where Kurt Vonnegut, Jr teaches in the Writers' Workshop and Gayatri Spivak holds classes in literary theory. This evening Raymond Carver is worried about his wife's possible infidelity. As Carver is stewing over Maryann's lateness, Lois, a pretty undergraduate, pops out of the bathroom, regales him with theory, and seduces him. Phoebe Dronfield, a fake fictional character from Vonnegut's "Slaughter House Five," rides to the rescue, revealing Lois as a theory-monster, brain-eating zombie. With red-rimmed eyes and a greenish tinge to her face, Lois emerges from the bedroom to explain about Jacques Derrida's idea of endless layers of meaning, deconstruction, and mise en abyme. Dronfield puts paid to the "missing I beam" idea and helps to peel back the layers of Lois's identity to reveal the undergraduate's harmlessness. All ends happily with wife Maryann's actual demobilization from the Zombie Army. But why has Maryann chosen to buy cauliflower at the grocery store?

  • James Fitzmaurice
  • Project Type:
    Short Script
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Horror
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  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
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  • Student Project:
  • Rocky Mountain International Film Festival
    Silverthorne, Colorado
  • Independent Shorts Awards
    Hollywood, CA
    June 19, 2019
    Award Winner
  • Hollywood Blood Horror Festival
    Hollywood, CA
  • International Independent Film Awards
    Encino, CA
  • Miami Screenplay Award
    Quarter Finalist
Writer Biography - James Fitzmaurice

James Fitzmaurice, Emeritus Professor of English at Northern Arizona University, Honorary Fellow at the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. Retirement writing: "Barack Obama Remembers a Young Poet" and "Margaret Cavendish, Virginia Woolf, and The Cypriot Goddess Natura" (performed in Nicosia at the CVAR Museum in April of 2017). Producer - "The Farce of the Fisherman," performed in Nicosia at the CVAR Museum in March of 2018.

Additional pre-retirement activities: Post-doctoral Fellow, Yale University 1983; Guest Professor, University of Tuebingen, 1986; Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University, 1996.

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Writer Statement

For this script, think "Killing of the Sacred Deer" and "Little shop of Horrors." I was there in Iowa City in the 1960s, living in married student housing. Vonnegut was teaching, as was Gayatri Spivak. Derrida was just a glimmer. Carver left the year before I arrived.