21 hours ago
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
New Course for Spring
In the spring, I will be teaching a course tentatively titled Vampire, Zombies, and Apocalypses: Our Hunger for Destruction. It's for our general studies, sophomore level class in popular lit, and we'll be looking at why works on mass death and destruction are so population.
That said, this is a bleg, or at least a call for suggestions. What movies, books, graphic novels, or short stories do you think I should include in this class? These should be fiction and they should fall into the category of popular culture, though they don't necessarily have to be American or current.
Here's what I have on my list so far:
Bram Stoker, Dracula
Max Brooks, World War Z
Octavia Butler, Fledgling
P.D. James, Children of Men (I might show the movie instead)
Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven
M. R. Carey, The Girl With All the Gifts
N.K. Jemisin, The Fifth Season
Movies: At least one of the Mad Max movies; Blood of Heroes; Let The Right One In
This is a starter list -- obviously I can't include everything here. But I want a YUUUGE list, from which I will then select six or eight books and stories, and a couple of movies.
So help me out! What am I missing? What should I include? I'm especially interested in non-American works, if anyone can hook me up with some of those!