Zombie Studies are gaining ground on college campuses, reports the Wall Street Journal. Classes exploiting the walking dead seem to be unstoppable.
The last five years have seen 20 new scholarly books with “zombie” in the title or topic category. Lyle Bishop, chair of Southern Utah University’s English department, turned his PhD dissertation into American Zombie Gothic: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Walking Dead in Popular Culture.
At California State University, East Bay, Philosophy Professor Christopher Moreman co-edited a two-volume collection of essays on The Humanity of the Walking Dead and Cross-Cultural Appropriations of the monsters. He teaches “Philosophy 3432: Religion, Monsters and Horror.”
Many U.S. college graduates can’t read or write well, says Michael Poliakoff, policy director for the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. “What have we given up in order to dabble in the undead?”
Or, to put it another way, for this you went to college?