The Zombie: Living and Dead Labor in Modernity

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture & Media

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
The Zombie
Fall 2023
Taught By: David Bering-Porter
Section: A

CRN: 15991

Credits: 4

The zombie holds a unique place in the history of horror movies. This course explores the history, theory, and politics of the zombie from its origins in the folklore of the Caribbean to the memes and metaphors of the digital present, with the primary focus being on the evolution of the zombie movie over the course of the 20th century. The zombie illustrates racial conflicts, sexual anxieties, and theories of transgression. Scary, gross, and sometimes very funny, zombies manage to infect multiple genres (horror, romance, western, comedy) just as they shamble across national boundaries, while addressing modern societal concerns with conformity, crowds, colonialism, contagion, biotechnology, and terrorism through the mirror of popular media and culture – illustrating the global implications of these local politics. While the figure of the zombie emerged from the ethnography and folklore of the Caribbean and the American deep south, it quickly emerged on the silver screen where it has held a prominent place ever since. However, the zombie has not remained a purely cinematic monster and has spread to television, video games, and other digital media as well and in each case has served as a thought-provoking example of the cultural proclivities and anxieties of the era. This course will also address issues in race, labor, and value in which the zombie serves as a particularly good example of certain issues, dangers and anxieties surrounding ethnicity and history, labor and economics, and popular culture. [Tracks C, M, S]

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Culture & Media (CAM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 11, 2023 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

* Seats available but reserved for a specific population.

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:34pm EST 2/22/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday
Times: 4:00pm - 5:40pm
Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th
Room: 465
Date Range: 8/28/2023 - 12/11/2023
Days: Wednesday
Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm
Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th
Room: 261
Date Range: 8/30/2023 - 12/6/2023