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Swarthmore College    
College Bulletin - Course Catalog 
  Dec 17, 2017
College Bulletin - Course Catalog

LING 009. First Year Seminar: Languages of Fear, Racism and Zombies

Both racism and fascinations with the living dead are expressions of fear. Using films including Night of the Living Dead, and texts such as The Zombie Survival Guide, this seminar will consider the apocalyptic turn in contemporary media. Together, we will examine the origins of multiple zombie myths to explore societal notions of difference and change, language and power, masculinity , alienation, and the colonial foundations of modern linguistics across the African continent, in particular. Finally, we will interact with local survival horror fan communities to understand the role of language in the growing popularity and significance of this widespread media phenomenon. 
Social sciences.
1 credit.
Catalog chapter: Linguistics  
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