ENGL 204 A: Popular Fiction And Media

The Zombie Apocalypse

Meeting Time: 
TTh 1:30pm - 3:20pm
Location: 
BAG 261
SLN: 
13890
Instructor:
Eva Cherniavsky
Eva Cherniavsky

Syllabus Description:

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Schedule of Readings

WEEK ONE:

March 28: introductions

March 30:

Reading assignment: Matheson, I am Legend (chapters 1-10)

Class:  Discussion of assigned reading and of selected scenes from The Last Man (1964)

 

WEEK TWO:

April 4:

Reading assignment: I am Legend (all)

Class: Discussion of assigned reading and of selected scenes from Omega Man (1971)

April 6:

In-class screening: Dir. George Romero, Dawn of the Dead (1978)

 

WEEK THREE:

April 11:

Reading assignment:  Embry and Lauro (pp 85-90, 92-3) and Pollock, (171-2; 178-182) [PDFs]

Class: Discussion of assigned reading and of Dawn of the Dead

April 13:

Reading Assignment: Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead (chapters one and two)

Class:  Discussion of assigned reading and of selected scenes from The Walking Dead, Season 1

 

WEEK FOUR:

April 18:

Reading assignment: The Walking Dead (chapters three and four)

Class: Discussion of assigned reading and of selected scenes from The Walking Dead, Season 2

April 20:

Reading Assignment:  The Walking Dead (chapters five and first half of chapter six, through the group’s return to the prison)

Class:  Discussion of assigned reading

 

WEEK FIVE:

April 25:

In-class screening: Dir. Ruben Flesischer, Zombieland (2009)          

MIDTERM ESSAY PROMPTS POSTED TO CANVAS

April 27:

Class: Discussion of Zombieland

               

WEEK SIX:

May 2:

IN-CLASS MIDTERM EXAM; TAKE-HOME ESSAYS DUE

May 4:

Reading assignment: Issac Marion, Warm Bodies (pages 3-64)

Class: discussion of assigned reading and of episode of iZombie

 

WEEK SEVEN:

May 9:   

Reading assignment: Warm Bodies, (pages 64-166)

Class:  discussion of assigned reading and of selected scenes from Shaun of the Dead (2004)

May 11:

Reading assignment: Warm Bodies (all))

Class: discussion of assigned reading and of selected scenes from miniseries Dead Set

 

WEEK EIGHT:

May 16:

Reading assignment:  Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes, “Danger Word” [PDF]

Class: discussion of assigned reading

May 18:

Reading assignment: Mira Grant, “San Diego 2014”

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Class: discussion of assigned reading

 

WEEK NINE:

May 23:

Reading assignment Colson Whitehead, Zone One (section one, “Friday”)

Class: discussion of assigned reading and of selected scenes from 28 Days Later (2003)

May 25:

Reading Assignment:  Zone One (first part of section two, “Saturday,” pages 129-201)

Class: Discussion of assigned reading selected scenes from World War Z (2013)

FINAL ESSAY PROMPTS POSTED TO CANVAS

 

WEEK TEN:

May 30: Zone One (all)

Class: discussion of assigned reading and of selected scenes from Land of the Dead (2005)

June 1: conclusions and final exam review

 

FINAL EXAM: JUNE 9TH, 2:30-4:20

 

Catalog Description: 
Introduces students to the study of popular culture, possibly including print or visual media, understood as sites of critical reflection. Particular attention to dynamics of production and reception, aesthetics and technique, and cultural politics. Topics may foreground genres (science fiction; romance) or forms (comics; graffiti).
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
January 10, 2018 - 10:01pm