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AI 318
ZOMBIES: MODERN MYTHS, RACE, AND CAPITALISM
(UGRD)

The figure of the zombie entered US popular culture from Haitian spiritual practice bringing with it concerns of power and race. As the zombie mythology developed in the United States, it has been adapted to address issues as varied as gender and capitalism. Zombie mythology has become so prominent that the philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari asserted that the zombie was the only unique myth of the twentieth century. This class will examine the development of the zombie myth as a reflection of US societal concerns while using the lenses of Post-Colonial and Post-Marxist theory. Specifically, we will use these lenses to explore Halperin's film White Zombie, Romero's films Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, Kirkman's comic books The Walking Dead, and Boyle?s 28 Days Later. (2-4 quarter hours)

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