Chad S Uran
Current research and readings in American Indian Studies content areas.
While zombies have existed at some level of reality for centuries, it was not until the 20th Century that zombies overran the global popular imagination. Because of their origins at the collision between colonizer and colonized, zombies have always walked the uncertain spaces between binary "certainties" such as us and them, rich and poor, slave and master, and, of course, alive and dead. Thus, zombies occupy a variety of liminal spaces wherein contemporary social tensions are reflected and refracted. Our focus will be on how these tensions have historical and ongoing parallels with images and representations of "Indians."
This is a class for students of any major. Authors introduced include Robert Berkhofer, Jodi Byrd, Mary Douglas, Michel Foucault, Jack Forbes, Sigmund Freud, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Frederick Jackson Turner, Basil Johnston, Claude Levi-Strauss, Achille Mbembe, George Romero, Victor Turner, and Gerald Vizenor.
Warning: this course will contain content that students may (or even should) find offensive or disturbing, including graphic language, sexual situations, religious intolerance, gore, colonialism, violence, depictions of death and dying, cannibalism, nudity, racism, sexism, classism, weightism, homophobia, and sexualized violence.
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