Zombies! The Living Dead in Literature
By Sean Hoade and the University of Alabama
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One of the more unusual and popular classes that has been offered during UA's Interim Term, Zombies! The Living Dead in Literature offers insight into the roles zombies play in the modern psyche and its art. These podcasts were originally recorded by Sean Hoade, instructor of the zombies class, and interviewer Matt Scalici of filmnerds.com and with their kind permission have been reposted here.
||Zombies! - Zombies as Cannibals||Got flesh? Interviewer Matt Scalici asks UA Instructor Sean Hoade about how the idea of "zombie as cannibal" got started, where the craving for brains might come from, and how zombies may be the ultimate survivalists... if they weren't already dead.||9/23/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Zombies! - Zombies and Religion||Interviewer Matt Scalici asks UA Instructor Sean Hoade about how the metaphysical idea of zombies actually has a lot to say about more accepted religious ideas, and about life itself.||9/23/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Zombies! - Zombies and Modern Fears||Learn about the "fake" fright of zombie movies and literature reflects very real anxieties about modern living.||9/23/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Zombies! - The Living as Minority||Learn about how zombies in film, literature, and culture reflect society's prejudices, fears, and hopes in areas of race, gender, and religion.||9/23/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Zombies! - Zombies and Consumerism||Don't you want to know how the desires of the undead shine light on those of the not-yet-dead?||9/23/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Zombies! - She's Not Your Mother Anymore||Explore why the familiarity of zombies in film, literature, and culture make them that much scarier -- and more interesting to study.||9/23/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Zombies! - Intro to Zombie Studies||Explore the basics of zombies in film, literature, and culture.||9/23/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
This is an absolutely fascinating discussion! Enjoying it immensely.
Great but lacks a retrospective approach
I am fifteen, taking AP World History in DeBakey HSHP and have a 4.2 (Look up this high school; I dare you), From the external sources I've collected in the first two weeks of studying for that class, playing video games for many years, and having a zombie film collection which spans from the black-and-whites to Zombieland, I tell all of you that the people who 'analyze' the impact of zombies in society and NOT IN LITERATURE do this to appease mainstream focus on this topic. However, just because there is no retrospective study and the guys who do this aren't hardcore zombie fanatics such as myself doesn't mean I dislike the course. I appreciate the fact that they make an effort to spread the deepening meanings and effects of zombies in society albeit rudimentary at best. Just do all of yourselves a favor and look up Sumerian writing and Arabian culture for more information regarding zombies. The sad thing is many of you won't do this and the few individuals who do will realize that the brief investigation they have done far exceeds the one present in this course.