pedagogy, vampires, zombies

Sub question…

A sub question of sorts to the previous post Vampires and Cracked:

To open my class this fall, I’m taken with the idea of shamelessly ripping off a page from Graham Ward, who apparently held a discussion in class about which is more theologically significant: vampires or zombies? I find this an enlightening question on many levels, have raised something like it myself in the past, and one that I think the undergrads my find accessible and interesting, or at least quirky rather than boring.

Of course this is an exercise in theopolitical imagination, which is the point. I can’t think of a grand question to begin on the first day and carry through the entire semester, so I have a main thesis that each discussion section interacts with, and the vampires vs. zombies discussion is no exception: Revelation is an important doctrine for religious belief, particularly for Christian faith, and the implications of revelation are important and far-reaching for Christian life today.

So if I’m going to ask about vampires, does this mean I need to watch the gawd awful Twilight series?


6 thoughts on “Sub question…

    • Rather than subsuming werewolfs into the reading of vampries and zombies as commentary on gluttony, and more like, say the Hulk or Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde, could the contemporary werewolf narratives be a comment on another deadly sin: wrath?

  1. Read the Passage instead. It’s a stellar book for being about “vampires.” Although it’s a major twist from direction popular culture is dealing with vampires.

  2. No, don’t watch. But, I am sending you a syllabus from a theory course taught at UNC on the Undead: Bodies In Between: Fleshing Out Some Cultural Theories. Some interesting reads…check your email!

  3. George R.R. Martin has a novel called Fever Dream wherein there is a sect of vampires who eschew human blood and seek to live at peace with mankind. Sadly I fear this caste would run afoul of the “green” movement since their food is artificial and chock full of preservatives.

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