Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Zombie Apocalypse: Economic Plague Monsters at the End of Capitalism

They're coming to get you, Barbara!

I'm very excited to announce I'll be offering a new zombie-themed research writing class at Wilbur Wright College this Spring titled: "Zombie Apocalypse: Economic Plague Monsters at the End of Capitalism." We'll be reading Richard Matheson's I Am Legend (1954) and Colson Whitehead's Zone One (2011) alongside George Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968) and Dawn of the Dead (1978), Danny Boyle's 28 Weeks Later (2007), and selections from AMC's The Walking Dead. We'll be digging into the origins of the zombie and its evolution from 19th century supply-side to 20th century demand-side economic metaphor, as well as its new post-postmodern aspects as humorous, cuddly, heroic, and even sentient.

I contributed a brief rationale for the course to Assessment News the quarterly newsletter for assessment published by the City Colleges, and you can read it here (pages 2 and 5).

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