HIST-LIT 90GL

This course delves into the captivating realms of zombies, witchcraft, and uncanny science, exploring their cultural significance, historical contexts, and literary representations. Through an interdisciplinary approach, students will critically examine these paranormal phenomena as they appear in culture. We begin by delving into the origins and evolution of zombies, tracing their roots in Haitian folklore and their emergence as contemporary pop culture icons. Next, the focus shifts to witchcraft, studying its historical and cultural significance across different time periods and societies, encouraging critical thinking about the power dynamics, gender roles, and societal anxieties surrounding witchcraft. The final segment of the course delves into the realm of uncanny science, exploring scientific advancements that push the boundaries of what is considered normal and rational through topics such as genetic engineering, artificial intelligence, and transhumanism. The course will also examine ethical questions surrounding scientific experimentation and its impact on society. Texts will include works by Afia Atakora, Nalo Hopkinson, George Romero, Arthur Miller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and H. G. Wells.