If you happen to be a student at the University of Baltimore, you can now enroll in a zombie studies course that will outfit with everything you wanted to know (but were afraid to ask) about zombies. Professor Arnold Blumberg, author of Zombiemania: 80 Movies To Die For, is offering his class in the English literature department, analyzing the zombie in culture as allegory for war, the specter of nuclear apocalypse, and the American Dream. He’s actually not the first professor to have brain-eating on the brain — Brendan Riley at Columbia College in Chicago was teaching a class on zombies in popular media all the way back in 2007.
It almost makes us long for academia again. But never fear: Just because you can’t go back to your undergraduate days doesn’t mean you should be left out of over-analyzing the undead. We’ve compiled a sample syllabus that’s got you covered, all the way from A to, um, Zombie.
Week One: Introduction to Zombie
Assignment: Watch White Zombie
Zombies have their roots in Voodoo practices, carried over from Haiti and installed into the fertile imaginations of impressionable American youth. This classic 1932 horror film set the whole zombie movie genre in motion. It features the always-magnificent Bela Lugosi as a Haitian voodoo wizard, a sort of zombie Pied Piper who sics animated corpses on people who he doesn’t like. Plus, they run his sugar mill. The zombie proletariat: ripe for revolution? Discuss.