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Literature & Film of the Undead

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Spring 2010
English 98/198
2 Unit(s)

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About the Course:

Tuesdays 6:30-8:30 P.M. in 200 Wheeler

Course Description
The intention of this course is to explore the cultural phenomenon known as "the undead;" more specifically the vampire and the zombie.  By close-reading these figures of the undead in literature and film, the class will investigate these once-human figures, and by virtue of this analysis can arrive at a better definition and understanding of humanity itself.  Examining the differences in each artist's conception of the undead will allow us to explore the meaning and significance of the undead in multiple historical and cultural contexts through a variety of themes and motifs.  Attendance and participation is required.  Discussions will be based on class readings as well as film viewings, although students are welcome to bring in outside materials for discussion when pertinent.

This course will have seed lectures to plant formal discussions around themes of history, the 'gothic other,' pathology, alienation, etc. 

Course Learning Objectives
The objectives of this course is to facilitate the the use and honing of critical analysis skills through the 'close-reading' of literature and other forms of media by way of the undead.  By the end of the course, each student should be familiar with some of the many cultural manifestations of the undead and possess improved analytical skills to move forward with their own scholarly endeavors.

Required Texts
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
Dracula, Bram Stoker
The Zombie Survival Guide, Max Brooks

Supplemental Texts
I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
Lestat the Vampire, Anne Rice
The Queen of the Damned, Anne Rice
Anno Dracula, Kim Newman
Let the Right One In
Salem's Lot, Stephen King
World War Z, Max Brooks

Evaluation Procedures
attendance 20%
participation 10%
weekly written responses 40%
final paper (3-5 pgs) 30%

How to Enroll:

First come first serve unless the turn out is more than our max.  If so, expect to win us over with a reason.

Course Contact: tony.ervin AT

Faculty Sponsor: John Bishop

Time & Location:

Section 1[?]
Adrian Ward
25200 WheelerTu 6:30p-8:30p1/26started

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