Hist & Lit 90au: Zombies, Monsters, & Super Heroes - The Fantastic in 20th-Century America





This course examines how three fantastic figures-monsters, comic book super heroes, and zombies-have played key roles in how Americans negotiate their relationship to the past, the present, and potential futures. We will consider how the fantastic variously reinforces, unsettles, and re-imagines the terms of what it means to be a "normal" and "real" American over the course of the twentieth century. Texts include popular films, government documents, television shows, graphic narratives, short stories, novels, and journalism.