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Sex and Zombies

HNRS 2020 Sec. 065 - Spring 2023

Dr. Naomi Bennett Department of Communication Studies

Tu Th 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
218 French House

This course will take a close look at zombies as sexual beings. We will begin by looking at the origins of the zombie in West and Central Africa, coming to Haiti through the transatlantic slave trade, and eventually landing on the shores of the United States as one of the most enduring and undying horror monsters. As a representation of the dangerous “Other,” we will critically examine what it means to be a gendered, sexualized, and sexually active zombie. We will examine the zombie as metaphor for cultural anxieties related to the fear of miscegenation and racial tensions, the sexually liberated woman, gay male sexuality and the threat of AIDS, and the zombie as an unlikely focus of budding teen sexuality in shows such as Bob’s Burgers.

Fulfills General Education:

English Composition
Humanities
Social Sciences