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CHID 250 C: Special Topics: Introduction To The History Of Ideas

Zombies and Others: The Post-Apocalyptic Imagination

Summer Term: 
Full-term
Meeting Time: 
MW 10:20am - 12:30pm
Location: 
PCAR 297
SLN: 
10745
Instructor:
Annie Dwyer

Syllabus Description:

Zombies and Others: The Post-Apocalyptic Imagination (CHID 250, A term)
Annie Dwyer

This class will explore “the post-apocalyptic imagination,” focusing primarily on secular imaginings of the end of the world as we know it from the late twentieth and early twenty-first century. As we
explore cultural representations of cataclysmic events that range from the outbreak of zoontological disease to environmental disaster to cybernetic revolt to nuclear war – and let’s not forget the zombie
apocalypse! – we will explore a number of cultural anxieties engaged and expressed through these representations. In so doing, we will explore how the post-apocalyptic imagination is keyed to contemporary debates
about climate change, genetic manipulation, terrorism, policing, and the list goes on. We will position cultural representations of the end of the world as a primary site for the production of difference –
race, gender, sexuality, class, age, ability, species, and so forth – as well as the configuration of relations across lines of difference and between forms of difference. We will interrogate how the
post-apocalyptic imagination can both endorse political apathy and foment political resistance. And finally, we will be sure to beef up our zombie apocalypse kits!
 
Course texts may include fiction by Margaret Atwood, Cormac McCarthy, Philip Dick, Octavia Butler, and others; films such as Children of Men, World War Z, and 12 Monkeys; television series such as The Walking
Dead; video games such as Fallout; and theoretical readings. 

Additional Details:

This class will explore “the post-apocalyptic imagination,” focusing primarily on secular imaginings of the end of the world as we know it from the late twentieth and early twenty-first century. As we explore cultural representations of cataclysmic events that range from the outbreak of zoontological disease to environmental disaster to cybernetic revolt to nuclear war – and let’s not forget the zombie apocalypse! – we will explore a number of cultural anxieties engaged and expressed through these representations. In so doing, we will explore how the post-apocalyptic imagination is keyed to contemporary debates about climate change, genetic manipulation, terrorism, policing, and the list goes on. We will position cultural representations of the end of the world as a primary site for the production of difference – race, gender, sexuality, class, age, ability, species, and so forth – as well as the configuration of relations across lines of difference and between forms of difference. We will interrogate how the post-apocalyptic imagination can both endorse political apathy and foment political resistance. And finally, we will be sure to beef up our zombie apocalypse kits!

 

Catalog Description: 
Examines a different subject or problem from a comparative framework. Satisfies the Gateways major/minor requirement. Offered: AWSp.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:11pm
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