The popularity of "The Walking Dead" isn't limited to television. The University of Buffalo will be offering "A Cultural History of the Walking Dead" class this fall. According to an Aug. 27 report by Niagara Frontier Publications, students will be able to learn more about flesh-eating zombies.
The class, which will be taught by John Edgar Browning, an English adjunct professor, vampire expert and author of 12 zombie books. Students will be exploring the history and cultural impact of the undead for 15 weeks.
Browning taught a similar class, "Vampires and Zombies: Lifestyles of the Undead and (In)Famous." He designed "A Cultural History of the Walking Dead" because his students were more interested in flesh-eating monsters.
During the course, University of Buffalo students will also learn about the West African and Haitian Vodou roots of the zombie and examine texts that detail zombie sightings in Haiti. There will also be an emphasis on books like "I Am Legend" by Richard Matheson and movies such as George Romero's "Night of the Living Dead."
"Beyond serving as mere characters in horror films, monsters reveal the social fabric of how societies construct what is 'normal' at any given time. With the right training, students can use monsters to confront and challenge ideological assumptions about class, race, gender and sexuality, and unfix oppressive categories like these that precipitate marginalization."
What do you think of the University of Buffalo offering a "Walking Dead" class? Is this something that you would be interested in?