AMCULT 103 - First Year Seminar in American Studies
Section: 002 Vampires and Monsters
Term: FA 2017
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This class analyzes the history of the United States through the emergence of monsters, supernatural creatures, the uncanny, and phantasmagoric tales. In particular, it will study traditional witches, zombies, vampires, as well as other creatures such as the Freddy Krueger, the Chupacabras, and cyber monsters like the slenderman. It will study their historical context, evolution, political, economical and gender elements in order to understand how America uses the imaginary to deal with socio-historical anxieties, fears, and demographic changes. Some questions to be explored are: What is the relationship between witches and capitalism? Why vampires are so popular today? What is the connection between zombies and the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11? This class will discuss these and other topics as we analyze stories tales, films, TV shows, fiction novels, and academic papers.

Upon the successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Understand how monsters and imaginary creatures as everyday cultural products are influenced by economic, political, and social forces.
  • Understand the historical development and relationships of America with the uncanny, horror and the phantasmagoric.
  • Explore the intimate connection between the imaginary with concepts such as gender, race, and class.

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Class Format:

First Year Seminar

AMCULT 103 - First Year Seminar in American Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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