Here’s something that caught my eye. Since last September, the University of Baltimore in the United States has been offering an undergraduate module on zombies. However, this is not a course intending to explore evidence of zombies in real life (which is a shame, as I would definitely have written for the syllabus), but rather it is being offered as part of a programme on pop culture. Zombies are sometimes seen in the US as being a useful metaphor for various problems and conditions, and so the zombie has become ‘allegorical for an unthinking, unfeeling way of living and relating to others, and a bellwether of complete social collapse.’
I guess this may cause apoplexy in members of the Russell Group (see my recent post), but actually I can see this course as a fascinating exploration of art, culture and society. Come to think of it, maybe I will ask for the syllabus.